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SERC Celebrate Class of 2021

Ryan McKeown, from Lisburn, celebrates his HND in Computing, one of hundreds of students who graduated from SERC this year.

South Eastern Regional College (@S_ERC) is delighted to celebrate the graduation of hundreds of students who have achieved higher education qualifications under the most challenging of circumstances.

The College celebrated with a video and roll of honour and, adhering to restrictions due to the pandemic, students were invited on Campus to have their official photograph taken in their gowns and collect a special graduate goodie bag which included delicious cupcakes and a unique designed plaque to commemorate and celebrate their achievements. Both items were made in the College by student enterprises.

Gareth Hetherington, Chair of the SERC Governing Body, speaking in the video said,

“It has been an incredibly challenging 16 months for a lot of people, but we can also reflect positively about how we have been able to work together, change our behaviours and navigate through this pandemic. That is a testament to the students, to the lecturers and staff here in the College and we as Governors recognise the huge efforts you have all made to make the very best of this last year and I want to thank you all for that.”

He added,

“As you know, SERC’s higher education courses have the same academic rigour and standards as universities. In addition, your courses all focus strongly on the skills you will need in the labour market and importantly securing employment. I know the current crisis has created greater uncertainty for everyone, not least for you as you leave education, but I hope that your experience has made you more ready for your chosen career.”

Mr Heatherington concluded by thanking the students and wishing them good luck for their next important steps.

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