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Students celebrated at annual graduation ceremony

PUBLISHED: 19:38 12 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:58 13 October 2019

Students from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Students from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Hundreds of students were celebrated in the annual graduation ceremony held by the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.

Students from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNStudents from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Family, friends and civic leaders joined proud students who received their degrees during a prestigious ceremony at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Saturday.

The event started with a procession through the Abbey Gardens to the cathedral before the traditional graduation ceremony and celebration afterwards.

Our photographer captured the happy students and their families celebrating their achievements.

More than 250 students graduated in a range of subjects and courses - 51 with first class honours and four with distinctions in their foundation degrees.

Students from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNStudents from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

There were also 12 prizes awarded to inspirational students who were nominated by tutors and sponsored by businesses and organisations across the region.

Rachel Kirk, head of higher education at West Suffolk College, said: "These students are the embodiment of the character strengths we seek to instil in all of our students.

"Some may have faced pressure, adversity and setbacks, but everyone has carried on. These students refused to give up on their dreams. We are immensely proud of them"

Students from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNStudents from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A family take a selfie   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNA family take a selfie Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Davide, Alessandro and Manuela Lombardi celebrate the day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNDavide, Alessandro and Manuela Lombardi celebrate the day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Davide, Alessandro and Manuela Lombardi celebrate the day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNDavide, Alessandro and Manuela Lombardi celebrate the day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Leanne Savage and Megan Coleman celebrating their graduation day     Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNLeanne Savage and Megan Coleman celebrating their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Chiedozie Uzor, Sophie Williams and Kya Butcher celebrate their graduation day   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChiedozie Uzor, Sophie Williams and Kya Butcher celebrate their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Leanne Savage and Megan Coleman celebrating their graduation day     Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNLeanne Savage and Megan Coleman celebrating their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Caty Bance-Johnson and Jade Perry mark the occasion by throwing their hats in the air  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCaty Bance-Johnson and Jade Perry mark the occasion by throwing their hats in the air Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Early Years lecturers Teresa Jarvis and Nicola Thompson  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNEarly Years lecturers Teresa Jarvis and Nicola Thompson Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Chiedozie Uzor, Sophie Williams and Kya Butcher celebrate their graduation day   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChiedozie Uzor, Sophie Williams and Kya Butcher celebrate their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Students from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNStudents from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Students from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNStudents from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College celebrate their graduation day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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