College students were celebrating their academic success as the second graduation ceremony got underway at the Christ Church in Hartlepool.
As the sun shone down, 145 students received their certificates in degrees ranging from Graphics Communications, Film, Fashion and Photography to Costume Interpretation with Design, Production Design for Stage and Screen and Fashion.
They students were recognised for their hard work and academic achievement during their studies in a ceremony attended by local dignitaries and teaching staff across the whole college.
Adam Bouabda, 34, from Hartlepool, graduated with a first class honours in creative film and moving image, and also runs Flix Movie Café in the town.
As part of his degree, Adam produced a new fan fiction movie which is now filming at locations across the North East, including Hartlepool’s Historic Quay.
The short film, entitled ‘Ripper’, pits Jack the Ripper against Batman, and Adam already has numerous industry professionals on board, as well as actors from shows such as ‘Broadchurch’, ‘Downtown Abbey’ and ‘Game of Thrones’.
Hartlepool graduate Joyce Quinn, 21, achieved a degree in textiles and surface design and is now looking forward to a career working in a design studio, with ambitions to open up her own design studio in the future
“It feels amazing and I feel so proud that after three years I am graduating. I am the second in my family to graduate and my family and so proud too.”
Natalie Hart, 22, who lived in Hartlepool during her three-year studies in textile and surface design, said: “It’s really exciting to finally be here at graduation and it has all gone so fast! For me the course has been excellent as I have learned some great techniques and skills which I will be using in my career as a teacher, and I wouldn’t be here without the help of the tutors and the technicians.”
Also graduating with a degree in photography was Rochele Oliphant, from Greatham, who is celebrating with her older sister Sherilyn and younger sister Imogen who both have links with the college. Sherilyn graduated in 2013 and Imogen has just completed her studies at CCAD in Middlesbrough and will start her degree studies at the CCAD university campus in September 2015.
Martin Raby, principal, said: “The college has been a feature of life in Hartlepool for over 140 years and this is an important day for the college and for the town.
“On behalf of the college staff and Governors I offer my congratulations to each graduate and wish them great success in their future endeavours.”