College ‘Turn Lights On’ at Higher Education Graduation Ceremony

December 16th, 2019

Successful learners from across Cheshire celebrated their achievements at Cheshire College – South & West’s Higher Education Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 6 December 2019.  

The ceremony celebrated success of more than 100 learners who have studied at the College’s Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses.  

Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive at Cheshire College – South & West, who opened the evening, said: “Graduation ceremonies are the high point in every university or college’s year, with it being a fantastic opportunity to celebrate learners’ fantastic achievements and the incredible dedication and commitment to their studies.  

“Our passionate staff and the employers we work with continue to set a brilliant example of how building talent develops motivated, skilled and qualified graduates. 

“It is humbling to know that Cheshire College – South & West have been able to play such a crucial role in our learners’ success to date, and also a small part in who they will become in the future.  

“Congratulations! I am excited to find out what the next steps of your journey will be.” 

Keynote speaker for the event was, award-winning coach, author and TEDx speaker and motivational powerhouse, Georgina Jones, founder of Turn Lights On. Georgina is passionate about creating the ‘lightbulb’ moment and spreading kindness across the world.  

Georgina’s speech was designed to improve the audience’s awareness of how powerful human connection can be. Georgina said: “The better we connect, the better our relationships will be, and this will ultimately impact our health and happiness.  

“Trust is the key to building relationships. Trust is emotional, so we must learn to be vulnerable and open with others.” 

Georgina talked about her successful career to date, including how Turn Lights On has helped thousands of people to understand themselves using three key principals; inspire, connect and energise.  

She added: “It is important to use your presence and energy to inspire people around you. It’s about what you give, not what you get. Your energy is your currency, it’s your fuel for everything.  

“Continue to be curious, always be kind and remember to leave an energetic footprint wherever you go!” 

Learners graduating have studied a range of different Higher Education qualifications including Foundation Degrees in subjects such as ICT, Travel and Tourism and Public Services; as well as professional qualifications such as AAT Diploma in Accounting, CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management. 

Tony Walker, Level 5 learner, from Neston, commented: “Studying at the College has been transformative. The process of gaining my Education and Training Diploma has allowed me to improve my confidence and grow my network, which will ultimately have a positive impact my career.  

“I am thankful for the encouragement and support of my tutors and colleagues who have been a crucial part of my journey.” 

Claire Barton, Dean of Higher Education at Cheshire College – South & West, concluded the ceremony: “This is a very special evening and a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate amongst family and friends. 

“We are committed to helping our learners reach their potential so that they can enjoy successful futures.  

“We are immensely proud of all our learners’ and wish them the best of luck as they go out into the world and make a difference to our communities and economies.” 

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