Kilmarnock students graduate from Ayrshire College

Kilmarnock students graduate from Ayrshire College

HNC and HND graduates of Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus celebrated their graduation at the town’s Grand Hall, on Thursday 27 October 2022.

This year was the first time the College has been able to hold annual graduation celebrations in person since 2019, as a result of previous Covid restrictions.

Over 90 successful students celebrated the completion of their courses in front of family, friends, lecturers and invited guests at the Grand Hall. The graduates were presented with a certificate to commemorate their college achievements and following the ceremony, enjoyed refreshments.

Student of the Year awards were also given to seven students, from across all areas of the curriculum, and in addition, three prizes were also awarded for Outstanding Achievement and Making a Difference in the Community.

The 2022 Kilmarnock graduation prize winners were:

  • Student of the Year for Business and Computing, sponsored by Simpsinns: Sharon McLelland (HND Accounting)
  • Student of the Year for Care, sponsored by SWAPWest: Alexander Boyle (HNC Social Services)
  • Student of the Year for Early Years, sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire: Vicki Doolan (HNC Childhood Practice)
  • Student of the Year for Engineering and Science, sponsored by Ashleigh Scotland Ltd: Monica Banner (HNC Applied Sciences)
  • Student of the Year for Hairdressing, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Make-up Artistry: Leanne McMeehan (HND Beauty)
  • Student of the Year for Social Science: Denise Travers (HND Social Science)
  • Student of the Year for Sport and Fitness, sponsored by Ayrshire Sportsability: Chloe Watson (HND Coaching and Developing Sport)
  • Outstanding Achievement for Care: Debbie McClung (HNC Working with Communities)
  • Outstanding Achievement for Engineering and Science: Harrison Crowe (HNC Mechatronics)
  • Making a Difference in the Community: Grant Corrigan (HND Coaching and Developing Sport (Football Development))

Angela Cox, Ayrshire College Principal, also announced at the ceremony that the overall Student of the Year for the Kilmarnock Campus, sponsored by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), was Chloe Watson, 21 from Irvine, who graduated in HND Coaching and Developing Sport.

During her time at college, Chloe took on the role of ‘Lead Coach’ at the Rose Reilly Football Centre that runs at Ayrshire College every Wednesday afternoon. As part of Chloe’s role, she carried out a range of sports development duties, such as creating online consent forms and corresponding with parents of the participants.

Chloe planned the free, fun football coaching sessions to young girls and suggested the skills and themes that should be focused on each week, to the assistant coaches.

Maureen Wallace, Regional Manager for Ayrshire at SQA said: “A huge congratulations to Chloe for receiving the overall Student of the Year award. Her hard work and passion for sports and coaching deserve to be recognised, and I wish her all the best for her future.”

Angela Cox, Ayrshire College Principal, said: “Today is about our students reflecting on the incredible learning journey they have been on and celebrating their achievements. Now that they are Ayrshire College alumni, I wish them all continued success in their lives and careers. I hope they embrace the opportunity they have been given and go on to be the best they can be. Congratulations graduates.”

28 October 2022


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