The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey provided the perfect backdrop this week for HNC and HND students from Milton Keynes College to celebrate their graduation.
The annual ceremony gives graduates a chance to celebrate their achievement with their tutors, friends and families, before receiving their iconic graduation scroll and partaking in the instantly recognisable ceremony photos – including the timeless ‘caps in the air’ shot.
This year, students were joined by a number of VIPs for their ceremony, including MK Dons Chairman Pete Winkelman, who received an Honorary Fellowship Award from the College in recognition of inspiring leadership, creating a vision for, and culture of, ambition and success for Milton Keynes.
On receiving his award, Pete gave an inspirational speech to the attending students, drawing on his past experience having attended College in his home town of Wolverhampton before going on to enjoy a long and successful career that has included the music industry, professional football and property development.
Speaking after the ceremony, Pete expressed his pride at receiving his award. He said: “It’s a fantastic honour from the College.
“I think the College is a hugely important part of the community of Milton Keynes; it’s the place where so many people make that first choice about their education, about where they’re going to work and the College is there to support that so it’s a real thrill for me to be involved.
“It takes me back because after I left school I went to Wulfrun College, Wolverhampton’s equivalent to Milton Keynes College, and that’s where I started my journey, making my own decisions about what I was going to study.”