Preparations are underway as CU Scarborough gears up for its first graduation since opening its doors three years ago.
CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, will see its very first pioneering students graduate at a ceremony next month.
The event will be held in the Grand Hall, at Scarborough Spa, on July 9 and marks a major milestone which will see students officially receive their Coventry University degrees.
CU Scarborough was established in 2015 and was originally based at Scarborough Spa before moving to its new £14 million state-of-the-art site the following year.
It began with just 4 courses but has grown to offer 14 full time degree courses as well as higher level apprenticeships, foundation and access courses, and its innovative education model which focuses on developing employability skills has attracted a growing number of students.
Jess Williams attended the institution’s first ever open day and will be graduating with a first class honours degree in Early Childhood Development and Learning.
The 21-year-old, who is from the town, had originally signed up to a traditional style university, but left after just one month to attend CU Scarborough because she found her timetable overwhelming.
She is now taking on work experience at Cayton Primary School to put her skills into practice before starting a PGCE through the Scarborough Teaching Alliance in September.
Professor Craig Gaskell, the Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CU Scarborough, said:
We are extremely proud to be holding our very first graduation.
We have seen an incredible amount of growth during our first three years and have developed an excellent reputation, being highly regarded both locally and much further afield.
I would like to congratulate Jess and our other pioneering students for their achievements and wish them all the best for the future.