College celebrates success at Graduation ceremony


Higher education students from Askham Bryan College were the centre of attention on Thursday at a Graduation Ceremony held at the College’s York campus. The event was the third and final award ceremony held this week, with over 1200 students making their way across the stage to receive their certificates.

Guest Speaker, Archbishop John Sentamu presented BSc (Hons) Degrees and Foundation Degrees in subjects ranging from Agriculture, Equine and Animal Management to Horticulture and Vet Nursing. 

Archbishop Sentamu said: “It was a great privilege to be able to celebrate with these graduates as they received due recognition for all that they have achieved during their time at Askham Bryan College.  I am always delighted to hear stories of students making the most of their gifts and talents, supported by the fantastic staff and resources here at Askham Bryan.  I pray that they will make a real difference in all that they do, as they help us all to be good stewards of God’s creation wherever we are.”

Campus Principal, Dr Tim Whitaker, paid tribute to staff, governors and students for helping take the college forward so it now educates one of the largest numbers of students studying land-based courses in England.

Mr Whitaker commented:

“The commitment and hard work that the students have displayed over the past year is second to none. They are a credit to themselves and their families, as well as the staff at Askham Bryan College who have supported them.”

He added: “The College is fortunate to have dedicated staff and incredible support from industry and the community. It has been a privilege to watch this year’s intake of students grow and develop into the creditable young people we have seen here today.”

The ceremony was concluded with the prize-giving which recognises the achievements of individuals who have displayed hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for their studies whilst at Askham Bryan College.  A record number of prizes were presented to students, which were kindly supported by local companies.

Amongst a string of award winners, The Principals’ Prize for the premier HE student was awarded to Irena Milner, aged 22 who hails from Bradford and graduated with BSc (Hons) Animal Management degree.

Approximately 200 students, accompanied by their families and friends attended the Graduation event today, alongside representatives from industry.