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The higher education graduation ceremony took place on Tuesday evening in Lerwick.

ALMOST 80 students from Shetland College will attend graduation and award ceremonies this week at St Columba’s Church in Lerwick.

The first ceremony took place on Tuesday, with depute principal of the University of the Highlands and Islands Professor Crichton Lang on hand to present higher education awards. Vice-chairwoman of court Dr Fiona McLean and Irene Peterson, acting vice-principal (further education), also attended.

The second ceremony will take place on Wednesday evening as interim joint principal Willie Shannon presents further education awards, while broadcaster Tom Morton will be a guest speaker.

Awards will also be given to lecturer Dr Andrew Jennings, who was recently given the best research or dissertation supervisor prize by the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association, and Dr Simon Clarke, who was praised for his assessment feedback.

Marcia Galvin, who is studying BA (Hons) contemporary textiles, is set to be given the Shetland College higher education student of the year award, while BA nursing student Molly Peterkin-Tracey was named further education student of the year.

Over the last year, nearly 250 students have completed courses provided by Shetland College in areas such as education, childcare, computing, accounting and music.

Shetland College Board chairman Peter Campbell commented: “Congratulations to all our graduates and other award recipients. This is the reward for their efforts over the year and we wish them every success in the future.”

Shannon added: “To all the students who are getting their awards, very well done. The qualifications that they have achieved are well regarded and the students’ success is richly deserved.

“I would like to thank all of the staff at Shetland College for playing their part in ensuring that students are looked after and taught well.”

The further education ceremony was held on Wednesday evening.

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