The graduation ceremony started with official photos and gathering before the dignitaries and graduands formed a procession leaving the college Wisemore Campus and proceeding through the town centre under the guidance and leadership of “Town Crier” Cyril Richardson arriving at the Town Hall.
The Town Hall provided the ideal backdrop for the graduation ceremony seating over 800 invited guests, friends and family as well as the graduands. Governors, lecturers and Walsall’s Mayor Councillor Kath Phillips were also present to witness proceedings.
Jatinder Sharma OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College opened the proceedings with a welcome to parents and students and provided an update of the performance of the college and its future academic plans.
“Simon was ideal as a guest speaker at our graduation ceremony as he gave our students a greater understanding of the qualities and disciplines employers are looking for. Makers’ commitment to vocation learning is an excellent example of what we wish to promote at Walsall and Simon’s passion for that is evident with his approach not only to the college but his apprentices.”
Jatinder Sharma, Principle Chief Executive, Walsall College
“I was shocked when I was invited to be the guest speaker and very honoured. I have never attended a graduation ceremony and I was incredibly apprehensive about fulfilling the brief.”
Simon Lamb, MD
Following the presentation of graduation certificates, Simon Lamb addressed the hall to talk about the impact of vocation study and insight into learning with a corporate entity and some personal life experiences.
“I was enjoying myself up to the point they called my name, the next 10 minutes seemed to last forever, but I found I was immersed in the whole occasion.”
Simon Lamb, MD
Students who had achieved exceptional results were invited back to the stage to receive their prizes with Timothy Walker winning Student of the Year, attaining distinctions in every piece of work throughout his studies. The award was presented by Makers Managing Director, Simon Lamb. The ceremony was closed by Governor Alastair Scales who addressed the congregation, congratulating students and parents and inviting them back to the college at the Wisemore Campus for refreshments, cake and music.
“I have been incredibly impressed with everyone at Walsall, from the Principal down, they have all demonstrated their commitment and passion towards the students…..I firmly believe we have chosen the right education establishment for our apprentices as the lecturers who have displayed much pride for the students who graduated.”
“I have been particular impressed and moved by those students who despite many obstacles have returned to education to reskill so they can develop within their respective organisations and continue with their working lives. In this regard Walsall College is very special as it teaches across a wide spectrum both in terms of age and ability with obvious success.”
“Today I was honoured to be part of their ceremony, but in reality it was privilege I won’t forget.”
Simon Lamb, MD