Mayor and Mayoress lead graduate procession through Chesterfield
The mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Steve Brunt and the mayoress, Mrs Jill Mannion-Brunt led a procession of proud Chesterfield College University Centre graduates from the town hall to the Crooked Spire today. A special ceremony took place at the iconic venue to mark the academic achievements of the graduates as proud family and friends watched on.
Just over 300 people graduated this year with a range of qualifications from Higher National Diplomas to degrees in a variety of subjects ranging from criminal justice to computing; engineering to education and human resources to health and fitness.
Joining the graduates in the procession were representatives from awarding body universities including Staffordshire University, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Derby as well as the Principal of Chesterfield College, Stuart Cutforth and Chair of the College Corporation, Frank Smith and course leaders.
Stuart Cutforth, Principal at Chesterfield College said: “It is an honour to be part of the graduation ceremony today and celebrate with all of these people who have chosen university level courses as a way to enhance their careers or follow a new career path. I am proud that we can offer students the choice of a university on their doorstep as I know that makes a big difference to many who try to fit studying around other commitments or feel more confident in the smaller, supportive and friendly environment we provide.”
First Class Health Related Exercise and Fitness graduate and ex-Mr Universe, Rob Worthington delivered an inspirational speech at the ceremony. Rob has devoted his life to health and fitness which has taken him to far off places and earned him many accolades along the way. His degree is the latest success in a long line of achievements which he feels has opened up new career opportunities and given him the confidence to study further.
He said: “I’d thought about returning to studying for years so started to look around for courses. The degree Chesterfield College offered was a good match with the job I was doing and how I wanted to develop. It was really convenient for me to study around work commitments and coming to a place that offered smaller groups and supportive tutors was perfect for someone like me returning to study.”