Nescot celebrated the graduation of HND, Foundation Degree, Bachelor’s Degree and Masters students on Thursday 31st January, with an afternoon ceremony in the Diomed Room at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
Degrees at Nescot are vocational in nature and the awards ceremony brought together students across a wide range of disparate disciplines. From Osteopathy to Computing, each student had a different story to tell about how they came to study at Nescot, and their ambitions for the future. A wide mixture of ages, backgrounds and cultures made up this year’s graduation, which included younger students who had chosen to study locally at Nescot, and those with a wealth of life experience who had decided to retrain and change career path. 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.
The day’s honorary guests included Sir William Wells, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, conferring degrees, alongside David Sherlock CBE and Theo Paphitis who were presenting certificates from Edexcel, C&G, AAT, EHORB, University of Kent and also special Nescot prizes for outstanding graduates.
TV Dragon Theo Paphitis provided the new graduates with an inspiring motivational speech where he encouraged each student to do what they feel passionate about and never give up.
‘People say I’m lucky to be doing something I enjoy – that’s not luck, it’s because I’m passionate about it. Whatever you do for the rest of your lives, make sure it’s something you feel passionate about.’
‘Don’t worry about all the nonsense that’s going on about recession – recession can be in people’s heads. They can come up with a thousand reasons why they can’t achieve.’
‘Every time you think it’s difficult out there, dust yourself down, stack the cards in your favour, ignore the nonsense and sock it to ‘em.’
A vote of thanks was given by Photo-imaging student Rebecca Bolton, after which the day ended with the cutting of the Nescot cake in the Lamtarra Room, while photographers were on hand to take group pictures and capture the celebration with family, friends and tutors.