US Guest Joins the Roll Call for 350 Graduates; HIGHER EDUCATION: Students Reveal What They Got out of Their Courses at Warwickshire College

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ABOUT 350 students celebrated their success as they were presented with their qualifications at Warwickshire College's annual higher education graduation ceremony.

They graduated with qualifications including HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees and BA Honours and BSc Honours degrees.

The graduation ceremony took place at the Moreton Morrell Centre.

Subjects studied included counselling, engineering, further education teaching, business, computing, sport and exercise science, visual communications, childhood studies, spa management, arboriculture, garden design, animal welfare, veterinary nursing, equine studies and business and management for the horse racing industry.

Warwickshire College principal Ioan Morgan introduced the guest speaker, Dr Scott Ralls, president of Craven Community College, in New Bern, North Carolina.

Craven College has close links with Warwickshire College and during the graduation ceremony, Dr Ralls was also made an Honorary Fellow of Warwickshire College.

Among the graduates were:

Paula Reynolds, aged 31, a former pupil of Ernesford Grange School, Coventry, who now lives in Leamington.

She graduated with a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.

Paula said: "The tuition was excellent and the support was fantastic. I am going to Coventry University now to train to be a health visiting consultant."

Samantha O'Grady, aged 37, who lives in Warwick but grew up in Coventry and went to the city's Barr's Hill School, graduated with an HND in Animal Welfare which she studied at the Moreton Morrell Centre.

She said: "I was working in a bank before so I had a total change."

Lesley Truslove, aged 58, of Yelvertoft, near Rugby, graduated with an HND in 3D Design Graphics studied at the Rugby Centre.

She said: "It was great fun.

I learned about how to market and quite a bit about the business side of it and how to design more than anything."

Ajay Fermahan, aged 22, of Cubbington, Leamington, who went to North Leamington School, graduated with an HND in Sports and Leisure Management from the Henley-in-Arden Centre and is doing coaching through a private company.

He said: "I used it through my course and, hopefully, in the next year I will try to get more experience and I am hoping to do sports development at university.

"I have done coaching for two and a half years and I do a lot of private school work at primary school level, football, basketball, multi-sports in curriculum time PE."

Rupert Dale, aged 41, of Binton, near Stratford, who went to Alcester High School, moved from working in the motor trade to take a Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design at the Moreton Morrell Centre.

He said: "I had always been interested in plants and I wanted to get more into that. …