It was a night to remember for graduates at Nelson and Colne College’s University Centre as they celebrated their achievements alongside family and friends at a glittering Graduation Ceremony.

Dressed in caps and gowns, the graduates had the chance to savour the red carpet experience, with professional photography on arrival and a fizz and canapé reception, before a procession to the ceremony itself.

Dedication and hard work was recognised on the night and the graduates were honoured in front of special guests and dignitaries including the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle, Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, and representatives from the Universities of Cumbria and Huddersfield respectively.

Qualifications awarded on the night included the Certificate and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and HNCs in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. The ceremony then concluded with a traditional round of hat throwing.

The University Centre at NCC has gone from strength to strength since its official launch in January 2017, with Higher Qualifications available across a range of subject areas.

Currently, those interested in a HNC in Business qualification beginning in January 2018 are being encouraged to enrol now. The course is designed to help you develop as a professional, and to give you the skills and knowledge needed to get ahead in the business world. Study will consist of a wide range of Business topics, to give you a broad understanding of how businesses operate and develop in a dynamic marketplace. February starts also available for Sport and Engineering HNC and HND qualifications.

NCC’s Director of Higher Education Steve Wright said: “This is the second graduation ceremony to be held here at Nelson and Colne College and it was fantastic to see the outstanding efforts of our graduates recognised. I hope these qualifications prove to be valuable as they progress both personally and professionally.

“The development of a University Centre here at NCC was both a natural and important step for the College – to extend our outstanding reputation for academic excellence into the sphere of Higher Education – but also to offer a wide variety of university level qualifications flexibly, affordably and locally to individuals, as well as companies looking to upskill their workforce, to meet a growing local need.

“I’m delighted that so many learners locally have taken up the opportunity so far to develop their skills and further their careers.”

One of those to graduating on the night was Joshua Haworth from Rossendale, who attended the ceremony with his mum Lesley.

Joshua, 21, said: “I’ve never graduated before and it is a really good feeling. I’ve enjoyed my HNC in Manufacturing Engineering and I’m looking forward to starting on my HND.”

The University Centre will be holding an Access and HE Advice Event on Thursday 18th January from 5pm until 7pm and it is suitable for anybody looking to enhance their career prospects, get back into education after a break, or simply looking for a change of direction.

Expert tutors will be on hand to speak to about the courses available, and there will also be the chance to view NCC’s first-class facilities, find out about finance options and loans, explore course progression and career options and discover our links with universities and industry.

For more information about Nelson and Colne College contact 01282 440272 or visit