The Board of Management and the Principal of SLC  are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate with the South Lanarkshire College ‘Class of 2021’ at the College’s first in-person Graduation ceremonies since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

The two ceremonies will be delivered across two days, in a heated marquee on campus, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October, to allow for social distancing and to give students the best possible experience for their special day. Students from an array of Higher National subject areas including Childhood Practice, Beauty Therapy, Construction Management, Legal Studies, Business and Counselling will join-together to celebrate their success.

Alumni Carolyn Kay, who will be graduating with HNC Social Services, said, “I am thrilled to be joining together with my classmates to celebrate all of our achievements over the past year.  We have really worked our socks off during a tumultuous and difficult year, and it’s great to finally be reaping the rewards.  We can’t wait to get on our graduation gown and join in with this special event”.

Carolyn from East Kilbride, has now progressed to study for a BA in Education and Social Services and hopes to use her qualifications to work with a charity such as Women’s Aid in the near future.

South Lanarkshire College Chair, Andy Kerr, commented: "It’s fantastic to hear the stories of success and ambition of Carolyn and her fellow students.  It’s an absolute privilege to congratulate each and every one of our very talented Higher National students.

The graduation ceremony is a highlight in the calendar for our College and is a chance for our students and their loved ones to celebrate their dedication and hard work.  On behalf of all staff and the Board of Governors at South Lanarkshire College, I would like to warmly congratulate all our 2021 graduates.”

Principal and CEO, Aileen McKechnie, added, Virtual graduation had become the norm during the pandemic, but we are delighted to say that, following months of Covid restrictions and with the recent easing of government restrictions, face-to-face ceremonies can now go ahead safely.

We will be celebrating our students’ achievements in a Covid-safe way, with certain precautions still in place, including compulsory face coverings, one metre plus social distancing and safety screens at all check-in areas.  Whilst social distancing rules prevent guest attendance, families and friends near and far will be able join in when the event is live streamed via Facebook and You Tube.”

Aileen concluded, “All of our students have worked incredibly hard throughout a very challenging year to complete their courses and progress to further study, training or employment.  We want to ensure that we mark that occasion in the best possible way”. 

"Graduation is a celebration of accomplishment and of transition of our student journey and I am delighted that we can all once again get together, face-to-face, to award student achievement.  We really can’t wait to celebrate with everyone.”