The highlight of the academic calendar at Borders College took place at Kelso’s Springwood Park on Friday, September 25.
This year, 164 students celebrated their achievements supported by around 550 proud family, friends and special guests.
Graduation is a special day for all graduates, families and College staff, and acknowledging this College Principal, Liz McIntyre said: “Their success came about through hard work and a huge amount of dedication on the part of each and every one of our graduates and I would like to congratulate them all on their achievement.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff of the College whose dedication, enthusiasm and encouragement have aided them in achieving their success and in making Borders College one of the most successful Colleges in Scotland.”
A highlight of the occasion was bestowing the Honorary Fellowship to Rosamund de la Hey, formerly children’s marketing director with Bloomsbury Publishing who had the good fortune to work on the Harry Potter series from 1997 to the end of the series in 2007 and with her husband Bill, now own and run the Main Street Trading Company in St Boswells. The shop has won several awards since opening including the Independent Bookshop of the Year, Children’s Independent Bookseller of the Year and Deli of the Year.
The 2015 Award for Superior Performance in a Work Place, went to Chelsea Scobbie of Duns.
While completing her SVQ Level 3 Horse Care Award, Chelsea was chosen to take part in a residential work placement scheme which involved her working at Pinetrees Riding Centre in Portugal.
The trip was funded through the Erasmus+ programme which enables students to undertake a work placement in a European country.
Chelsea embraced the whole experience with enthusiasm and a great willingness to learn all she could about the industry in Portugal and also about the people and their culture. She returned with a glowing report from Pinetrees owner Beverley Gibbons who asked if she would consider returning to work for her over the summer. Chelsea readily agreed!
What started as a week long work placement opportunity has now evolved into a full-time position at the Portuguese Riding Centre, Chelsea has been working there since April and is thoroughly enjoying every minute of it and proving very popular with both staff and customers.