High praise for Borders College students

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STUDENTS from Borders College were praised by their principal at this year’s annual graduation ceremony.

The highlight of the college’s academic year took place at Springwood Park in Kelso. More than 700 family, friends and guests watched 174 students graduate from the further education establishment.

During the ceremony, an Honorary Fellowship was bestowed on former board member Andrew Grant of Riddell Estate, near Lilliesleaf.

But the day belonged to the successful students. And college principal Liz McIntyre paid them deserved credit.

She commented: “Their success has come about through hard work and a huge amount of dedication on the part of each and every one of our graduates, and I congratulate them all on their achievement. Thanks also to 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 in Scotland.”

The graduation ceremony also saw the formal launch of the Borders College Alumni Association.

Two Berwickshire students were among those who won the Entrepreneurial Award.

Michael Dickson (Coldstream), Liam Murray (Duns) and Michael White (West Linton) from the Rural Mechanics and Introduction to Landbased Industries course in partnership with the Kelso and Berwickshire High Schools Plus Group, worked on various projects to reduce waste produced at the college’s campus at Newtown St Boswells.