More than 800 students have graduated following North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Higher Education Ceremony which took place at the Millennium Forum on Friday. (October 26).
Graduates of Art & Design, Business, Computing, Construction, Engineering and Science, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Early Years, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Tourism, Sport, Media, Music and Performing Arts gathered for the ceremony with friends and family to mark the successful completion of courses undertaken at the College’s campuses in Derry~Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane.
During the event, special guest John Harkin a former student of NWRC, encouraged the graduates to strive to become the “very best versions of themselves”.
Mr Harkin, Director and Founder of Alchemy Technology Services, recently returned to his hometown to announce 256 jobs for the North West at Alchemy’s new European Centre of Excellence which will be based in Derry~Londonderry.Speaking to the graduates Mr. Harkin said: “When doors have opened I have stepped through them, in search of knowledge. And so my path has led me back here to Derry, when this door was opened by InvestNI, the Department for the Economy, along with North West Regional College & Ulster University, I once again stepped through it.”
“The Alchemy investors that believe in me and our vision for Alchemy are committed to offering the opportunity to learn and travel to people like you, but to do this out of the solid base that is the Northwest. Our first group of 20 people started the Academy this week and this is the first of many as we work to achieve and exceed our target of 256 jobs over the next 3 years, 80 in the next 9 months.”
During the ceremony, a number of students from the Department of Business, Hospitality, Tourism and Performing Arts, Department of Health and Sports, Department of Science, Technology and Creative Industries and Department of Training and Skills received special awards.