Riseholme graduations: Next generation of agriculture workers step into the field

Degree students at Lincoln’s Riseholme College have celebrated their achievements at a graduation ceremony, alongside fellow agriculture, animal and equine peers.

Bill Meredith, Chief Executive and Principal of the college, on the outskirts of Lincoln, told the assembled audience at Beverley Minster, in East Yorkshire: “It has once more been a year of significant success for higher education at Riseholme.

“We continue to revalidate our programmes to make sure our students are fully prepared to enter the sector of their choosing at graduate level.

“Our annual dissertation showcase event is always a strong indicator of the standard of our student’s work and they excelled this year. Guests from a range of industries who attended were hugely impressed by the knowledge and skills demonstrated by students of all subject areas.

The graduation ceremony.

“Today is all about each and every one of our graduating students, who all deserve their moment in the spotlight. You have all done incredibly well and should be very proud of your achievements.”

He concluded by thanking the college staff who helped the students throughout their time at the college.

“I’d like to take the chance to thank all the staff for their contribution towards helping our students achieve their goals,” he said. “We wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t have an outstanding team of people and I know how proud the staff are to see their students graduating today.

“To all our graduates, I wish you the very best for your future careers. You have worked hard to get to this point and you deserve to celebrate your achievements.

“I’m sure you will go on to be extremely successful in your chosen field and I hope you will look back on your time with us fondly. We will certainly remember you.”

The stunning setting for the ceremony.

Delivering a vote of thanks at the ceremony, agriculture student Harry Needham said: “We all progress today with our own memories and many of us will be staying in touch after forming fantastic friendships.

“We’ll be going off in our own directions – hopefully to launch exciting careers in the profession of our choice – but we won’t forget the platform given to us by Riseholme to get us to this point.”

College governor Ian Sackree concluded the ceremony by telling all the students: “Congratulations to you all. I’m happy to announce that you are all now officially graduates.”