Students celebrate degree success

Local graduates Lisa Chesterfield 112885b.
Local graduates Lisa Chesterfield 112885b.

HUNDREDS of university graduates descended upon Scarborough Spa yesterday to celebrate their fine achievements.

More than 350 students from the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, received their degrees in a huge celebratory event at the refurbished venue.

University of Hull Scarborough Campus Graduation.'Graduates celebrate.'112885a. Pic Kevin Allen.'15/07/11.

University of Hull Scarborough Campus Graduation.'Graduates celebrate.'112885a. Pic Kevin Allen.'15/07/11.

Resplendent in full graduation regalia, excited students threw their mortar boards in the air to mark the culmination of years of hard work before relaxing on the Spa Sun Court.

Dr Craig Gaskell, Principal of the Scarborough campus, said he was delighted with the students’ achievements and added he was pleased to be able to share their success.

He said: “It is wonderful to be here at the Spa again which is a great setting to mark the students achievements.

“The graduation ceremony is always been a fantastic part of being at university and marks the culmination of a lot of hard work by the students.

“It is great to see all of the students here and to watch them go on stage and pick up their degree.#

“There is a real ethos of practical and theory work but there is also quite a lot of doing and, for example, we’ve had marine biology students out on the moors to help with their studies.

“This helps to achieve a very good graduate employablility rate at the university which is good for the students.”

Scarborough students Carly MacDonald and Lisa Chesterfield were among those celebrating on the day.

Ms MacDonald runs the Buckets and Spades nursery, in Victoria Road, said she was thrilled to have completed her foundation degree in Early Childhood and Practice.

The 30-year-old, from Eastfield, said: “I’ve done really well and got a high mark which is excellent.

“The course has definitely helped with the business and shown me new ideas about how to improve things through theory and managerial aspects.”

Ms Chesterfield, 28, from Eastborough, is the deputy manager at the same nursery, and completed the same degree.

She added: “I found the course really good and the plan now is to take what I’ve learned from it into the nursery to make it better.”