Graduation 2017 - Well done to all Graduates!

West Lothian College’s annual Graduation Ceremony welcomed a record number of students and an audience of more than 700.


The event celebrated the achievement and dedication of around 200 students who were collecting certificates in a variety of subjects, including: Accounting, Engineering, Computing, Events, Hairdressing, Fitness, Care and many more.


The special ceremony took place at West Lothian College on Saturday 28 October and was supported by First East Scotland, Business Gateway West Lothian and local businesses.


The Graduates were joined by over 500 of their family and friends to mark the successful completion of their courses.  West Lothian College Principal and Chief Executive Mhairi Harrington OBE, presented the Graduates with their certificates.


Principal Mhairi Harrington OBE said: “Our Graduation event is without doubt one of the most enjoyable moments of the year.

“This is a day for our learners and their families and friends to be proud of all the successes that have been achieved over the year, and it is also a time when we reflect on the diverse range of activities and initiatives that our students have been involved in over the past twelve months.

“This year has seen an unprecedented level of International activity with well over 100 different vocational and work experience visits and exchanges for groups of learners and staff travelling to many different parts of the globe. In addition we have expanded our range of programmes and are particularly pleased with the significant increase in engagement with employers from relevant industry sectors.

“The formal qualifications which are being awarded today have been well earned and are endorsed by either The Scottish Qualifications Authority or Professional Institutes to demonstrate their quality and value.

“The majority of our learners will already have used their qualifications to either go directly into employment or to progress to a partner college or University with entry into 1st, 2nd and even 3rd year degree study.

“Last but not least, on behalf of myself and the college staff who have had the pleasure of working with you during your programme, we wish you the very best for a bright and hopeful future.”


The graduation was opened with a welcome from Alex Linkston CBE, chair of the college’s Board of Governors, followed by opening remarks from Principal Mhairi Harrington OBE and a speech from special guest, Sir Geoff Palmer OBE, who is Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University and a human rights activist.


Special award winners were announced by Fiona Hyslop MSP with the prizes presented by West Lothian’s Provost Tom Kerr.


Award Category

Student Name


SQA Student of the Year


Jodie McMeeking


HNC Social Sciences



Nicola Russell

SVQ Level 3

Employer Engagement

Lisa Alexander


HNC Childhood Practice

Outstanding Personal


Andrew Mitchell



Engineering Systems

Outstanding Personal


Monika Landowska


Beauty Therapy

Outstanding Personal


Haley Brunton


HNC Contemporary


Outstanding Personal


Kieran Ritchie

Art Practice

SVQ Level 3


Closing remarks and a vote of thanks was given by Sarah Kerr, Student Association President.


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