Cambridge Regional College students honoured in Festival of Achievement ceremony

Friday 13 July 2018

Hundreds of students at Cambridge Regional College marked the successful conclusion of their studies recently at a series of graduation ceremonies held at the Cambridge Corn Exchange and was supported by Anglia Ruskin University as headline sponsor of the event.

The celebration took place over several days with numerous ceremonies bringing together students from the college's two campuses in Cambridge and Huntingdon. Students were recognised from every course, and across full-time 16-18 learners, higher education, international and adult learners. Outstanding performance was also recognised with special awards for outstanding academic achievement and student of the year in each area.

Mayor James Palmer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, joined Principal Mark Robertson to present special overall achievement awards.

The Mayor's Award for Overall Academic Achievement went to two students who both demonstrated a strong commitment and determination throughout their course work - strengths that were a determining factor in the judging process.

Motor Vehicle student Joseph Judd demonstrated an excellent attendance record, despite living quite a distance from college and having to leave at 5.00am each morning to arrive on time for lessons at 9.00am. He completed all units to a very high standard and excelled in all aspects of the programme including practical, written knowledge assessment, on-line assessments and vocational English.

Lauren Hayes, Access to Social Work and Social Professions, was also recognised as a worthy winner. A returning student, Lauren achieved exemplary grades and attendance. A Distinction standard student, she has secured a place on the BA (Hons) social work degree programme at ARU; a much-coveted place.

Mark Robertson presented the ‘Principal's Award' to Mariana Garcia for her outstanding work for the college as student union president, going over and above for her fellow students and the college.

Mayor James Palmer said: "I am mightily impressed by the passion that the staff at CRC have for their students. They give students the platform to succeed and it was a pleasure to see CRC students with such drive and determination graduating from college.

"We owe it to our young people to give them the skills and tools they need to thrive and succeed in the 21st Century workplace. We know that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has a significant skills gap but CRC is helping us meet that challenge by creating a pipeline of talent that will go on to be part of a modern, productive workforce."

Mark Robertson opened the ceremonies with inspirational words for the audience and reflected on the pride that learners, family and friends will feel watching their loved ones graduate. He also urged the learners to continue to strive for excellence: "…don't just be one of the crowd, go that extra mile, step outside of your comfort zone. You can achieve absolutely anything.''

Cambridge Regional College offers a wide range of full-time, part-time and Higher Education courses from Construction and Engineering to Media and Business, with campuses in Huntingdon and Cambridge. It is one of the top 10 colleges in the country and the largest Apprenticeship provider in the Eastern Region.

Key performance figures released recently place CRC first in the country (out of 198 colleges) in 19+ GCSE Maths A* - C pass rates. A centre of vocational excellence, Cambridge Regional College continues to grow and expand.