Qualifications for almost 400 Angus College students

Students from the Forfar area at the Angus College graduation on Friday in the Webster Theatre. Pictured are, from left - Martin Cassidy, John Burt principal, Norman Fraser, Rory Collins and Graham Hay chairman of the college board.
Students from the Forfar area at the Angus College graduation on Friday in the Webster Theatre. Pictured are, from left - Martin Cassidy, John Burt principal, Norman Fraser, Rory Collins and Graham Hay chairman of the college board.

The champagne corks were popping on Friday when 383 students qualified for their chosen careers through their Angus College courses.

What made the event particularly poignant is that it was the last ceremony before the College re-emerges as part of the new Dundee and Angus College on November 1.

For principal John Burt, the longest serving principal in Scotland, and depute Principal, Jackie Howie, it marked the beginning of a new era, as both have chosen different directions away from the education arena.

Guest of Honour at the ceremony was the long serving chair of the Angus College board of governors, Graham Hay.Over the years the college has repeatedly won awards for its educational provision and consistently received high praise from Education Scotland.

John Burt said: “After 17 years of service as Principal of Angus College I’m delighted that my final formal duty is to recognise the achievements of our student body.

“Colleges transform lives and I am delighted to celebrate with the students, their friends and families as they embark on the next stage of their studies and careers.”

For Jackie Howie, it marks the end of 27 years of dedication to the College. She added: “Throughout my time here I have been privileged to attend many graduation and award ceremonies and each one is very special.

“It is wonderful to share in the celebration of our students’ achievements and I would like to give my personal congratulations to all graduates and award winners.”

Along with the graduands, eight students have been singled out for the prestigious Cross College Awards.

The recipients of these important awards include Neil Leiper and Noelle Collings from Montrose, Dede Steele and Tatiana Zorina all from Arbroath, Kirstie Cameron from Dundee and locally Martin Cassidy from Kirriemuir, David Allan from Forfar and Rory Collins from Letham.In addition, seven sponsored scholarships have been awarded to students to assist in the progression of their studies.