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MAREEL was abuzz with celebration on Wednesday as it hosted a joint graduation ceremony for students from Shetland College and the NAFC Marine Centre.

Nearly 330 students completed studies in the last year in courses ranging from aquaculture and health and care to engineering and computing.

Wednesday’s event was the first joint graduation between the two UHI colleges, which are set to merge together with Train Shetland in the coming years.

Awards were also presented to individual students for their special efforts over the year.

Lailey Sinclair, who completed an NC in child, health and social care, was named Shetland College’s further education (FE) student of the year, while HNC computing student Danny Gold picked up the higher education (HE) student of the year prize.

Alasdair Bendall (FE) and Huw Baxter (HE) were both honoured by the NAFC Marine Centre, but they were unable to attend as they were at sea.

Rachel Macleod, studying an HNC in childhood practice received the SQA local college prize, with the Shetland Students’ Green Team named as the HISA Society of the Year.

There were also individual student of the year winners for different subjects. They were:

Mary Work (FE computing), Danny Gold (HE computing), Thomas Mann (business), Karen Bannister (accounting), Meriley Ibar (hospitality), Billy James Buggy (MA carpentry and joinery), Jake Hand (HE construction), Wadeaa Almasri (ESOL), Tomas Toth (contemporary textiles), Morag Thomson (NC art and design) and Katie Leask (fine art).

Rebecca Baxter picked up the professional practice prize, while Susan Pearson won the exhibition award.