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PUBLISHED: 09:15 14 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:15 14 October 2018

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick Butcher

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Students in the class of 2018 have been urged to “enjoy, reflect and dream big” as they prepare to start a new chapter in their lives.

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.
Emily Beckett and Amy Corke
Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Emily Beckett and Amy Corke Picture: Nick Butcher

Years of hard work and dedication was rewarded as more than 100 students were honoured at special graduation ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.

Parents, staff, family and friends celebrated with the students as the annual University of Suffolk at East Coast College’s Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft campus graduation ceremonies were held.

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

The prestigious ceremonies recognised the significant achievements of the students, with proud family members watching on as the graduates’ successes were marked at Great Yarmouth’s Minster on Friday and at St Margaret’s Church in Lowestoft on Saturday.

Foundation degrees, diplomas, certificates and degrees in arts, compueter technology, design, social care, health programmes and sport were among many which were conferred by the vice-chancellor of the University of Suffolk, Professor Helen Langton.

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Rebecca Mawhinney, Higer Education student of the year.  Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Rebecca Mawhinney, Higer Education student of the year. Picture: Nick Butcher

In opening the ceremony, Prof Langton said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome you all and be invited to celebrate your successes. It gives me great pleasure to declare this graduation open.”

Stuart Rimmer, chief executive and principal of East Coast College, awarded an Honorary Fellowship to Hugh Sturzaker MBE, who had a distinguished career as a consultant surgeon and played a key role in healthcare locally for almost 40 years.

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Rebecca Mawhinney, Higer Education student of the year.  Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Rebecca Mawhinney, Higer Education student of the year. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Sturzaker wished all the graduates “every success in the future,” before the graduands were called to the front of the churches to pick up their honours.

With more than 100 students graduating from the East Coast College (Great Yarmouth Campus) and 85 students graduating from the East Coast College (Lowestoft Campus) this year, there was loud applause, cheers and smiles aplenty as they collected their awards from Prof Langton and Mr Rimmer.

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

Rebecca Mawhinney was honoured with the Higher Education Student of the Year award at Great Yarmouth, as she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Arts Practice. The award for Higher Education Student of the Year 2018 at Lowestoft went to Duane Cleveland, as he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

Both gave the respective graduate vote of thanks at their ceremonies, as the new graduates applauded parents, partners, family and friends who “had been there in the background supporting and helping us all the way.”

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

In closing the ceremony, Mr Rimmer congratulated all on their successes, and urged the graduates to “enjoy your achievement, reflect on your development and dream big.”

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

Graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College.

Picture: Nick ButcherGraduation ceremony at Yarmouth Minster for the students of University of Suffolk- East Coast College. Picture: Nick Butcher

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