THERE were smiles all round as Solihull College and University Centre finally graduated a year later than planned due to the pandemic.
The university level classes of 2020 and 2021 joined forces at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull by their friends and family.
Traditionally an evening event, this year, to accommodate the number of graduates and to allow for some social distancing, three ceremonies took place throughout the day.
Lindsey Stewart, acting principal at the College, said: “You have lived through unprecedented times, and you have all succeeded in achieving your goals.
“I can only imagine how tough this has been for you, but you must be proud of your resilience and determination that have led to this.”
She thanked the families and friends in attendance for the support they had shown in helping loved ones achieve their qualification, as well as the College’s teaching staff for adapting so well to the tough circumstances.
Barbara Hughes, the College’s Chair of Governors, handed out a number of special awards to students who had overcome a variety of obstacles to achieve their qualifications, all of whom received rousing rounds of applause.
She added: “We are so proud of you – especially today.
“Wherever your lives and careers take you, you will always have this moment and will be able to reflect ‘you did it’ and as a result you can face anything.
“We wish you every success in the future from everyone in your College family.”