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Further education students with college staff on Friday. Photo: Garry Sandison

AROUND 80 students are taking part in Shetland College’s graduation ceremonies today (Friday) in Lerwick.

 Principal and vice-chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Professor Clive Mulholland is on hand to lead the ceremonies at Mareel.

Vice principal of further education (FE) Diane Rawlinson and chair of court Garry Coutts are also in attendance, while Lisa Ward will give a guest speech at the FE ceremony this evening.

Esther Renwick – who has completed a PhD in archaeology/heritage management – will collect the UHI’s postgraduate student of the year award.

Construction student Stuart Manson will be presented with the Gary Couper Memorial Shield this evening, with Laurie Carter and Reuben Conroy will be named as Shetland College’s FE and HE students of the year respectively.

Higher education students with Shetland College and UHI staff. Photo: Garry Sandison

Staff member Dr Andrew Jennings will also be given the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association award for best video conference tutor.

Over 250 people in total studied over the last year at Shetland College in a number of subjects including business, education, contemporary textiles, social care, music and accounting.

Shetland College board chairman Peter Campbell commented: “This is the reward for their efforts over the year and we wish them every success in the future.

“It is important that we continue to provide a diverse range of courses to meet the needs of our students and the Shetland community.”

Interim joint principal Willie Shannon added that it is “great to see the students achieving their awards”.

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