It’s the Autumn Graduation and on Friday 22 November 2019, myself, Michelle Flood, Communications Manager and Simon Frost, Director of Academic Strategy and Planning , travelled to Coventry University to attend the graduation ceremony of our  students who successfully completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Youth Work, Community Learning and Development.

We were so excited to share this moment with our students and support them in their final steps of their studying journey.  Our students; Robert Wilson, Sophie Charles, Naomi Ndlovu and Kieran Taggart, are the first set of students from YMCA George Williams College to graduate under the new partnership between the College and Coventry University.

Whilst collecting gowns, I managed to meet up with our students after the ceremony.

It was so encouraging to hear about how our students are working towards an environment where young people can achieve, creating opportunities to develop potential and , play a positive part in society, where young people are valued and recognised for the positive impact they can have.  Our students have honoured this by focusing on their goals and achieving academic and professional recognition for all their hard work.

We are so proud of them and cannot wait to follow them on their next endeavours within Youth Development.

In many ways graduation is just as much a beginning as it is an ending. What any of us put in, is what we get out, and working with young people will teach you about young people. Learning from our peers and partners provide a unique approach and  ensures enriched perspectives on local and national practices.