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Celebrating graduate success

A row of graduates having their picture taken outside

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion proudly recognised the achievements of its accomplished graduates who were awarded their higher education certificates and degrees at a special event held at Ffwrnes theatre.

After years of hard work and commitment to their studies and for some, juggling work and family life, the day enabled graduates to reflect and celebrate on their success with their families and friends.

The two-day celebration welcomed the Venerable Randolph Thomas from University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD, Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Provost of the university’s Lampeter and Carmarthen campuses and Maria Steadman, council member for UWTSD and college chair who received a fellowship upon her retirement this year.

A couple holding up prosecco glasses outside
A man and woman posing for picture outside
A daughter and graduate, with her mother and father
A family pose for photos with two young daughters

A warm welcome was offered by Dr Andrew Cornish, Principal and CEO of Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion and representatives of the university, inspiring graduates with their words, urging them to embrace their future endeavours with determination, adaptability, and a spirit of lifelong learning.

Dr Andrew Cornish said: “As with every year, we very much look forward to seeing our learners and their families take part in their graduation ceremonies and enjoy seeing them celebrating their very special day.

“We wish all our graduates the very best in their current and future endeavours.”

The UWTSD accredit the university courses delivered at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion and senior staff attend the college graduation ceremonies to honour graduates, join the academic procession and officiate the ceremony.

The event was a testament to the resilience and perseverance demonstrated by graduates, particularly in the face of the challenges posed by the global pandemic.

The harpist on stage playing
Two male graduates laughing
Graduate and lecturer with his wife and baby
A graduate goes on stage to officiate his graduation
People in a circle looking down for a photo

Fellowship Awards

Maria Steadman was awarded a fellowship for outstanding services to the governance of the college.

Maria has been chair of the college’s Board of Directors from 2015 having previously served as one of UWTSD’s appointed members to both boards.

She was head of CIPFA Wales for nine years and undertook various voluntary roles within regional committees where from 1999-2002 she was president of CIPFA South Wales and West of England, a co-opted CIPFA council member and chair of CIPFA qualifications board, amongst many other roles she undertook in numerous and various sectors. 

She has worked closely with the Principal and Colleges’ Officers in developing their direction of travel and ensuring that the Boards bring added value in delivering a high quality educational and training environment for learners.

Mike Williams, Vice Principal for Corporate Services at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion was awarded a fellowship award for outstanding services to the leadership and management of the college.

During his time at college, Mike has worked closely with Welsh Government on planning, funding and performance data, led HEFCW’s One Wales foundation degree development in the region, supported the college with validation and merger associated with UWTSD group, managed all the college’s graduation events, acted as an Estyn peer inspector and serviced as the college’s nominee with Estyn and QAA and has been the long-standing chair of Colegau Cymru’s College HE Group.

Mike started his career as a higher scientific officer at the Economic and Social Research Council in Swindon before joining the Polytechnic of Wales as an assistant academic registrar.

Maria Steadman and her family
Mike Williams
A general picture of the crowd

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