Published Wednesday, 19th November 2014 in Study at SRUC news
HNC and HND students from Scotland’s Rural College were celebrating success in their studies at the recent winter graduation ceremony.
In the historic Bute Hall, University of Glasgow, 130 students received their certificates from Vice Principal Education David McKenzie, watched by their family and friends.
SRUC Acting CEO and Principal Janet Swadling congratulated the students at the beginning of the ceremony, noting that this is the first year SRUC has held two graduations due to the large number of students the institution now has.
She said: “As you each prepare to embark on your own journeys, I would like to offer you some guiding principles that we believe in here at SRUC and which are equally applicable to you as you go on to achieve success in your chosen careers.
“The first is to strive for excellence in all that you do, whether on a practical or theoretical level. Be aspirational, follow your dreams and always continue to learn. The second guiding principle is to understand that success can be achieved by working in partnership and the third guiding principle I would like to offer you is to never forget to lift your head – to take a wider view and think boldly.”
The ceremony also offered the chance to celebrate particular successes. Seventeen newly graduated Veterinary Nurses from the Barony Campus made their professional declaration before Kathy Kissick, Chairman of the Veterinary Nursing Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Cupar-based lecturer Vicki Munro, Leader of the Hospitality Programme at the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College, also received an SRUC Excellence in Teaching Award at the event.
As always, the SRUC graduation ceremony was a day of celebration for many delighted students who now move forward into a variety of careers, mainly in the land-based industries, but not always!
One student who attended the Winter Graduation after being unable to attend the summer event was Robbie Simpson. Robbie graduated with a first class honours degree in countryside management and is now a professional hill runner based in Austria.
Another countryside management graduate Cathy Hooper, who received an HND at the Winter Graduation, is now working as a ranger on the Glenlivet Estate, while Angus Dowell and Fraser Thomson, who both graduated with HNDs in agriculture are now working on their family farms.
Yet as Janet reminded all the graduates: “We will always be here for you, happy to welcome you back at any time, whether as a client or as a student on another course – or simply as a friend and a graduate of SRUC.”
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