Years of hard work and study have paid dividends for dozens of local students.
What a day it was for 134 students at Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) which held its third graduation ceremony at Christ Church in Hartlepool.
They received their certificates in degrees ranging from Illustration for Commercial Application, Creative Film and Moving Image and Textile Surface Design to Costume Interpretation with Design, Production Design for Stage and Screen and Fashion.
With proud families and friends watching on, the students were honoured in a ceremony attended by Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of the Arts Council England and Prof Jane Rapley, college governor of and former Head of College at Central Saint Martins. Local dignitaries and teaching staff across the college were also there.
Annie Walker, 20, lived in Hartlepool during her studies. She graduated with an honours degree in Textile and Surface Design. Her hard work inspired her mum Gail McIntyre Walker, who will be starting her final year on the same course in September.
Annie said: “It was nerve-wracking walking across the stage but I did it. It is great having my Mum on the same course. She was made redundant and then began studying with the Open University. When she saw what I was doing, she said it was exactly what she wanted to do and asked if I mind if she came along as well. I said of course, as we are like best friends more than mum and daughter, so we are celebrating tonight.”
It is great having my Mum on the same course. She was made redundant and then began studying with the Open University. When she saw what I was doing, she said it was exactly what she wanted to do and asked if I mind if she came along as well.Annie Walker
Annie is planning to set up as a freelance artist and hopes to feature her work in art galleries and shops.
Dan D’Arcy, 25, from Hartlepool, graduated with a degree in Creative Film & Moving Image Production. He has already set up as a freelance audio visual artist producing video content for advertising.
He said: “Straight after finishing my degree in May I set up the company D’Arcy Audible Sounds (D-A-S), which specialises in TV and film sound recording, mixing, mastering and editing.
“I am working with a few friends from town and really enjoying it. It feels really good to graduate and I am going to enjoy the day with family then celebrate with some friends.”