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01.12.05
Congratulations to Cornwall's graduates

The wintery streets of Truro were alive with gowned graduates at Cornwall College's tenth anniversary graduation ceremony, held at Truro Cathedral on Saturday 26th November.

Around three hundred students braved the weather to collect their awards, which included honours degrees, foundation degrees and masters' degrees, many validated by the University of Plymouth.

The Combined Universities in Cornwall is a partnership that combines the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, The Open University, The College of St Mark & St John and the Peninsula Medical School, with Cornwall's further education colleges – Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College. The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective One Programme, the South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Awarded the prestigious title of University of Plymouth Student of the year was Elizabeth Ellis, from Penzance. Elizabeth studied for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science at the College. "Despite a difficult year with personal problems, Elizabeth studied hard and produced a superb dissertation which helped towards her first class honours degree. I'd like to wish her all the best in the future," said Dr Ken Woodcock, Vice Principal of Planning and Higher Education at the College.

Other graduates included Laura Mosney from Falmouth, who achieved a first class honours degree in Business Administration. Laura was awarded the Student of the Year prize from the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry in business, as well as the Plymouth Business School prize for the best Cornwall College business degree student.

The event saw guest speaker Julia Goldsworthy, newly elected Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, speak about the improving fortunes of Cornwall and how Cornwall's graduates are contributing to its growth.

Many of the photographs from the two ceremonies will be available on line at www.cornwall.ac.uk/universitycourses, so log on to see some of Cornwall's brightest collecting their awards.

For more information please contact Lucy Ferguson on 01209 616100 or email: lucy.ferguson@cornwall.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall project, Phase 1 and Phase 2 through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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