Nescot college celebrated the graduation of its Foundation Degree, HND, Degree and Masters students on Thursday 2th February, with an afternoon ceremony in the Diomed Room at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
Degrees at Nescot are vocational in nature, reflecting the college’s commitment to education which transforms lives. For many of the graduands arriving to be formally gowned and photographed, the event was a reward for the years of struggle to balance work, family life and the desire for a better education and future.
Students like Raquella Mosquera, who left school at 15 with no qualifications and took the brave step of returning to education as an adult.
‘I always knew I wanted more from life and for my three sons but was very daunted about going for such a high level course,’ said Raquella, who despite being diagnosed with dyslexia in her thirties graduated from Nescot with a Foundation Degree in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
‘The first term was hard but the tutors at Nescot are fantastic and, when you’re learning something you’re passionate about it becomes easy – even with kids and a full-time job,’
said Raquella, who now works with unemployed adults and youngsters in her community.
‘Graduating from Nescot with all my family and friends here to see me, it’s a very special occasion and something I never dreamt I’d be doing,’ she said
For others, like Hinikshi Jayakody, graduating with a degree in Biomedical Science, which is validated by Nescot’s partner The University of Surrey, the quality of teaching at Nescot has proved an excellent basis for further study.
‘This has been a wonderful pathway and I have gained invaluable essay and research skills from the excellent tutors at Nescot,’ said Hinikshi, who is now studying to become a doctor at Aberdeen Medical School.
‘I’ve just passed my first medical exams and the grounding I got here has helped enormously,’ she said.
After rousing speeches from Vote of Thanks Student Natalie Laurie and Nescot Chair of Governors Guy Parsons, the day ended with cake cutting in the Lamtarra Room while photographers were on hand to take group pictures and capture the celebration with family, friends and tutors.
For Principal Sunaina Mann the day was one of the highlights of the year.
‘This day is very special, the culmination of so much hard work by the students, their families and the staff here at the college. It is an immense privilege to be a part of that success and I feel happier about our future in these uncertain times, knowing these are the leaders, entrepreneurs and managers of the future,’ she said.