The class of 2017 took to the stage to mark their outstanding achievements as Bury College University Centre celebrated the fantastic success of graduates.

Bury College University Centre graduates were honoured at their graduation ceremony which was held at the Met Theatre in Bury. Proud staff, tutors, families, friends and supporters celebrated the success of the graduates as they now look forward to the next stage of their careers.

Students from across Bury College University Centre received certificates in FdA Health Care, FdSc Sports Science and Coaching, HND Beauty Management, FdSc Design in Media Make-up, Certificate in Education 14+, Professional Graduate in Education 14+, BA (Hons) Professional Development in Teaching Assistants (Top up) and BA (Hons) Professional Development in Early Years (Top up), Certificate of Higher Education in Health Care, HNC Computing and Systems Development, HNC Engineering and HND Hairdressing Management.

Prior to the ceremony, graduates and the platform party took part in a graduation parade. This started at the Bury College Enterprise Centre, which houses many of the full-time and part-time university programmes, and finished at the Met Theatre. This parade delighted members of the general public who were passing by, with many stopping to congratulate the graduates.

The lavish ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of Bury, Dorothy Gunther and her consort, as well as Bury Council leader Rishi Shori. The event included an initial welcome from Charlie Deane, Principal and Chief Executive of Bury College, a keynote address from Dr Zubair Hanslot, Chief Executive and Provost of the University of Bolton and closing remarks from Sandra Morton, Deputy Principal of Bury College. Tim Robson, Director of Higher Education at Bury College, invited graduates to take part in the official hat throwing. Bury College Curriculum Directors were also on hand to help with the presentation of certificates.

Simon Smith, 24 years old from Elton in Bury, completed the HNC in Computing and Systems Development and has secured a full-time permanent position at College Sewing Machine Parts Ltd as an IT Technician. Simon, who was supported at the Graduation by his family and his employer, said, “The ceremony was really nice. It was a lovely opportunity to celebrate with family and my employer and for them to see me in my cap and gown.”

Celebrating achieving a Distinction in FDSC Design Media Make-up was Melissa Bridge, 21 years old from Bolton. Melissa said, “I really like the fact that we had the chance to celebrate all together as a group and that we all went up onto the stage and were recognised for achieving our goals. It felt brilliant to achieve a Distinction and it was really good to know that all my hard work had paid off.”

Tim Robson, Director of Higher Education and Strategic Partnerships at Bury College said, “A Graduation Ceremony is more than the ritual of wearing an academic gown and mortar board. It’s a celebration of the hard work, resilience and motivation. We wish all our graduates every success in their future personal, academic and professional endeavours and hope they maintain their links with Bury College University Centre.”

Bury College University Centre is proud to offer a variety of full-time and part-time university qualifications in partnership with the University of Bolton, University of Salford, University of Cumbria and Pearson Education UK. Students benefit from a personal approach from enthusiastic tutors as well as high quality career focused courses.

There is still time to apply to study at Bury College University Centre this September. If you would like to find out more about the wide range of full-time and part-time university courses please call 0161 280 8280 or visit

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