Angus College hosts graduation ceremony

THE SUCCESS of more than 200 Angus College students was celebrated at their recent graduation ceremony.

Scholarships were also presented to current students who have displayed hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for their studies at Angus College. These scholarships are supported by local companies and provide valuable financial support to help students continuing their studies.

The ceremony was concluded with the presentation of the Cross-College Awards which recognise the achievements of individuals who have achieved outstanding success in challenging circumstances.

Amongst these special award winners was Anna Misztal, recipient of the George Matheson Award. Anna, who came from Poland with a degree in Anatomy, has been a student at Angus College for two years, firstly achieving a Grade A in HNC Animal Care and now a Grade A in HND Animal Care. 

Initially concerned that her grasp of English would be a barrier to her learning, Anna has risen to this challenge and over the past two years developed her English to the extent she has been an exemplary academic student.

Another two awards were presented to Engineering student Alexander Cargill, from Arbroath. Alexander was presented with the Angus College Charitable Trust Award for Perseverance & Achievement - and the Arbroath Guildry Scholarship. Despite a problematic home life, financial hardship and managing his dyspraxia, Alexander has fully engaged and embraced college life, becoming an active member on the SRC where he has promoted sustainability and started up some terrific projects. Alexander also put his own troubles aside to help ESOL students with their speaking skills and befriended a few students who had no friends and were struggling themselves to engage in college life.

The recipient of the Scottish Qualification Authority Award for the Best Overall Student Contribution and Outstanding Achievement was John Mathieson, a successful student on the HNC Interactive Media and Web development course. John was simply an inspirational student – humorous, never complaining, and working exceptionally hard to achieve his course units. All this in spite of suffering, from birth,from a rare disease – Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Sadly, John passed away from his condition, just after he had completed his academic course, in June this year. His brother, Daniel, also and HNC Interactive Media and Web Development student, and his sister Claire, representing John’s parents and their late son James, were presented on his behalf with his graduation certificate and the Scottish Qualifications Authority Award.

Morning Ceremony graduations: HNC Sports Coaching and Development – Sean Miller, Forfar; Lee Simpson, Forfar. HND Sports Coaching and Development – Greg Donaldson, Forfar; Arran Low, Forfar. HNC Early Education and Childcare – Samantha Bell, Kirriemuir; Amanda Munro, Forfar; Irene Wilkie, Forfar. HNC Social Care – Denise Berrie, Forfar; Lesley Buchanan, Charleston, by Forfar; Lynsay Laird, Forfar; Jenna Sutherland, Forfar; Andrea Turner, Forfar; Nicola Wilson; Forfar. HNC Administration and Information Technology – Carolyn Aitken, Forfar; Dianne Brand, Forfar; Shannan Brewster, Forfar; Karen Caird, Forfar; Melissa Craig, Forfar; Suzanne Crouch, Forfar; Lauren Hamilton, Forfar; Agata Krawiecka, Forfar; Ashley Livingston, Forfar; Valerie-Ann McLeod, Forfar; Kirsty Marr, Forfar; Jacqui Simpson, Kirriemuir; Karen Small, Forfar; Dionne Stewart, Forfar Kamila Stolarek, Forfar; Laura Thomson, Kirriemuir; Julie Watson, Forfar. HNC Social Sciences – Kara Hill, Forfar; Anna Johnstone, Forfar; Kirsty Maclean, Forfar; Elizabeth O’Rourke, Forfar; Kayleigh Stewart, Forfar. HND Social Science – Leigh Douglas, Forfar; Sophie Watson, Forfar; Sophie Wilson, Forfar. HNC Working with Communities –Carol Malone, Forfar. Awards – Morning: Best HND Administration & Information Technology Student – Karen Caird, Forfar. Best HNC Social Care Student – Andrea Turner, Forfar. Scholarship Awards – Morning: Guild Construction Scholarship – Liam Sutherland, Forfar. Guild Construction Scholarship – Jenna Sutherland, Forfar.

Afternoon Ceremony graduations: HNC Computing – Kayleigh Hendry, Forfar; Richard McKenzie, Forfar. HND Computing Technical Support –Ryan Kerr, Letham; Gordon Thompson, Forfar. HNC Interactive Media and Web Development – Kieran Flood, Forfar; Thomas Gillishan, Forfar; Rannoch Golden, Forfar. HNC Information Technology & System Support – Gary Harris, Kirriemuir; Brian Oag, Kirriemuir; Shaun Robb, Forfar; Peter Rook, Forfar. HNC Contemporary Art Practice – Rue Liddell, Forfar, HND Contemporary Art Practice – Lorna Hay, Forfar. Angus College Diploma in Culinary Arts – Nikki Bell, Forfar; Toni Robertson, Kirriemuir. HNC Animal Care –Sheila Neill, Letham; Samantha Robinson, Forfar; Heather Smith, Forfar. HNC Engineering Systems – Darren Bruce, Forfar; Charles Kadoch, Kirriemuir; Garry Napier, Kirriemuir. Cross College Awards - Angus College Lifelong Learning Award – Grant Menmuir, Forfar.