Approximately 800 people were in attendance, including Stephen Goldstein, CBE DL Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands and Councillor Mrs Flo Nash, Mayor of Solihull. Guest speaker Nick Page, Chief Executive of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council delivered a motivational speech to the students, presented them with their certificates and congratulated them on their outstanding achievements as they walked across the stage.
After speeches from the College’s Chair of Governors, John Bolt and guest speaker Nick Page, student speaker Charlie Fogarty MBE received a standing ovation for his inspirational speech. Charlie defied all the odds to survive a devastating accident 6 years ago and had to relearn basic tasks. Through unerring determination, Charlie graduated with a degree in Applied Sports Science. ‘Most people only get one chance at life, in my case, I got two’ said Charlie.
Students were presented with special awards sponsored by the College’s close employer partners. Attendees heard personal stories of adversity, improvement, commitment and academic excellence. The awards culminated with the two most prestigious of the evening, The Mayor’s Award presented to Nichola Tipton and the Lord-Lieutenant’s Award presented to Sophie Biddle.
College Principal John Callaghan brought the evening to a close discussing the upcoming digital revolution in the region and what it could mean for the graduates going forward.
For more information on the university level courses available at Solihull College & University Centre, including those offered in partnership with leading universities, visit the university level open event on Saturday 24th November, 10am-2pm at Blossomfield and Woodlands Campus.