More than 500 students will graduate from University Centre Weston (UCW) on Saturday (15 September), with the graduating class of 2018 achieving the best ever results in the history of higher education in Weston.
Thirty per cent of the Honours students graduating from UCW this year have achieved first class degrees, which is significantly above the national average.
To celebrate their successes, UCW is promising to make Graduation Day 2018 the most extravagant ever.
During the graduation ceremonies in St John the Baptist church, graduates will collect their certificates, take part in a traditional mortarboard toss and be inspired by speeches by Weston College Group Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips CBE and conservationist and adventurer Sacha Dench.
The event will also include a private drinks reception in the Winter Gardens Pavilion for the graduates and their more than 1,500 guests.
Members of the public are also being invited to take part in the celebrations by watching the ceremonies on a big screen in the Italian Gardens in the centre of Weston.
Attendees will also get to see the processions of students and academics on Knightstone Road and enjoy live music by The Street Dixie Band and Weston Brass Band.
The ceremonies and processions will also be streamed live on the UCWeston Facebook page.
Dr Phillips said: “Graduation Day is fast becoming one of the biggest and best events of the year in North Somerset.
“We’re planning wonderful celebrations which will be worthy of the dedication and achievements of our graduates, and I’m so pleased that our local community and also people all over the world will be able to enjoy the day.
“Our results continue to get better and better and we are investing more and more in higher education in Weston, so this is a fitting way to mark another fantastic year for University Centre Weston.”
Sacha Dench is best known for her ground-breaking 4,000 mile expedition from Arctic Russia to the UK by paramotor to follow the annual migration of the Berwick’s swan.
Although the Australian had to overcome a fear of flying before taking to the skies, she was recently awarded the 2018 Britannia Trophy for aviation.
Sacha said: “I’m really excited to be speaking to these young graduates.
“I will share what I have learned about life in 20 years in conservation and marketing, how I found my calling as the ‘Human Swan’, and some of the spectacular – and sometimes terrifying – failures along the way.”
UCW delivers its more than 45 degree-level courses in partnership with Bath Spa University and UWE Bristol.