Internet pioneer sees graduates collect their degrees

Internet pioneer sees graduates collect their degrees

MORE than 100 students received their degrees at a graduation ceremony in Dewsbury last Tuesday.

The Kirklees College event at the town hall was attended by guest speaker and internet pioneer Ajaz Ahmed.

Mr Ahmed, co-founder of Freeserve, was among a host of dignitaries who saw 128 students collect their degrees.

Also there was college chairman of governors and former Batley West Lib Dem councillor Geoff Alvy.

Degrees were awarded in subjects such as art, computing, education, fashion, counselling and child development.

Universities including Huddersfield, Leeds Metropolitan and Teeside accredited the courses.

Among the success were Muhammed Sufi, of Batley, who gained a degree in computing specialising in forensics and security.

Shazia Hussain, of Ravensthorpe, received a foundation degree in young children’s learning and development.

And Sarah West, of Dewsbury, achieved a diploma in teaching specialising in lifelong learning.

The institution, created by a merger of Dewsbury College and Huddersfield Technical College, has about 500 degree students.

Some are at Halifax Road in Dewsbury or the nearby Wheelwright Centre, which is home to the Batley School of Art.

College principal Peter McCann told graduates they now have to seize the chances life may now offer.

He added: "You should stretch yourself to become the best you can be in whatever career paths you take in to the future.

“It is also a day of achievement for the college team who have worked to support and challenge you.

"I hope you will take a quiet opportunity to join me in thanking them for the support they have given you during your studies."

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