Congratulations Graduating Class of 2021

City of Glasgow College’s winter graduation celebrations took place in person at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for the first time since 2019.

Three ceremonies marked the college’s four faculties with over 1,000 students attending together with family and friends.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, said:

“Graduation is always a major highlight in our academic year and, while the pandemic meant I could not shake hands, it was a pleasure to see and congratulate many of our students in person once again.  

“Our Class of 2021 make up that unique generation who are graduating not only during a global pandemic, but also a climate emergency, and a skills shortage. They are extraordinary students for extraordinary times, and we look to them as our next generation of skilled and talented workforce who will do much to help our country and economy recover.”

Guests of Honour, each providing inspirational speeches and words of wisdom for the students, included Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, TV and radio presenter and current Creative Director of Hollicom, Heather Suttie, and Jason Leitch CBE, Scotland’s National Clinical Director.

BA (Hons) photography student, Shaun Fox, who was presented with the College Art Foundation prize, the St Kentigern Medal, in recognition of his achievements during his studies, said:

“I am incredibly honoured to be winning the St Kentigern medal. I cannot thank all of my lecturers and classmates enough for all of their support over what was one of the hardest years for everyone. I am also super chuffed to have been a part of such an inspirational class, full of absolutely amazing talent.

“I am now looking for work in the creative industries, both in Glasgow and further afield, and I am confident that winning this prize will help me on my journey to getting a job and becoming a professional photographer.”

The graduates achieved BA Degrees and BA Honours, Higher National Diplomas and Certificates, TUC Diplomas, Scottish Professional Diplomas and Certificates in Professional Development.

As numbers attending were limited in respect of Covid-19 restrictions, each ceremony was streamed live for graduates and their families, who could not attend, to watch. The ceremonies are still available to view via the graduation page of the college website.