The magnificent Lincoln Cathedral was the setting for the first ‘live’ graduation ceremonies since the start of the covid pandemic and the day was an amazing success.
The ceremony this year included students who graduated last year but were unable to attend a physical event due to the pandemic restrictions.
There was a real sense of atmosphere in the splendid surroundings of Lincoln Cathedral, as family and friends joined graduates to mark this special moment.
Dignitaries and representatives of local employers and organisations also attended the ceremony and guests included Paul Burrows, CEO of prominent employer Kryptokloud and Lincoln MP Karl McCartney – both gave inspirational speeches to those gathered.
Lincoln College Group CEO Gary Headland said: “Graduation Day is such an important day for our higher education students. We were so pleased to be able to celebrate the day with them with a wonderful ceremony at the beautiful Lincoln Cathedral and the subsequent reception in the grounds of our magnificent Castle.
“The City of Lincoln is such an amazing place to study, live and work. Our higher education and higher skills provision is an incredibly important aspect of what we deliver to meet the needs of our local and regional employers, in line with our mission of being 'employer led; producing a highly skilled and productive, local workforce’. Congratulations to all of our students who graduated.”
Brandon Chapman, who graduated in Mechanical Engineering, said: “I’m really happy to have graduated, especially at Lincoln Cathedral, such a magnificent building. It was really nice to see everyone and I’m really proud of myself and all my friends who also graduated.”
Gemma Elliott, who graduated after completing Level 5 CIPD Human Resource Management, said: “It’s really nice to be graduating – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do – wear the cap and gown!”
Alex Parkes, also graduated in Level 5 CIPD Human Resource Management, said: “Graduating has been really good – it’s got to be up there with one of the top moments so far in my lifetime.”