Special award winners honoured at graduation

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ANGUS College students will be presented with their honours later today (Friday), and among them are some remarkable students.

The HNC and HND students will be receiving their certificates at a ceremony at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel in front of assembled friends and family.

The keynote speaker John Forster, chairman of the Forster Group, will present Higher National Diplomas and Higher National Certificates in subjects ranging from engineering and contemporary art to multimedia and early education.

Some of these students have been singled out for their success in challenging circumstances, and will be recognised by the college with a special ‘Cross-College’ award.

Kirsten Cooper left Arbroath High School without the qualifications she needed to achieve her dream of becoming a primary school teacher.

Three years out of school, Kirsten qualified for the Scottish Wider Access programme and took on a series of Highers at Angus College, which she has now successfully passed and together with a glowing personal review has secured a place in the primary teaching course at the University of Dundee.

Kirsten’s tutor, course leader Fiona Muir said: “Not only did Kirsten exceed in her final exams but she was a model student throughout the year. She was dedicated to her studies and is a worthy recipient of the SQA award.”

Tatiana Zorina, a Russian emigre now living in Arbroath, has been awarded the Volunteer Centre Angus Gold Award for volunteering and citizenship.

Tatiana moved to Arbroath four years ago with a degree in business studies, but no English, and through her own determination completed the English for speakers of another language (ESOL) course.

Tatiana has been involved in translating for other Russian students and organising the annual Fresher’s Fayre, and is now the student representative on the Angus College board of governors.