End of an era for Angus College

Angus College principal John Burt
Angus College principal John Burt

It will be a bittersweet moment for many as the latest, and last, batch of students graduate from Angus College today (Friday).

A total of 383 students will be honoured at the graduation ceremony in the Webster Memorial Theatre, which will be the last such event before the official ‘vesting day’ of the new Dundee and Angus College on November 1.

It will also mark a new era for principal John Burt and depute principal Jackie Howie who are taking up new roles outside of education.

Guest of honour at the ceremony will be the long-serving chair of Angus Board of Governors, Graham Hay.

During their tenure Angus College has risen to become one of the most successful and well-regarded community colleges in Britain, picking up numerous awards and praise for its educational provision.

Mr Burt is the longest-serving principal in Scotland. He said: “After 17 years of service as principal of Angus College I’m delighted that my final formal duty is to recognise the achievements of our student body. Colleges transform lives and I am delighted to celebrate with the students, their friends and families as they embark on the next stage of their studies and careers.”

Depute principal Jackie Howie has also done her stint at Angus College, amassing 27 years of service there.

She said: “Throughout my time here I have been privileged to attend many graduation and award ceremonies and each one is very special. It is wonderful to share in the celebration of our student’s achievements and I would like to give my personal congratulations to all graduates and award winners.”