Big day as College graduates parade

Calderdale College graduation parade.
Calderdale College graduation parade.

The cream of Calderdale’s educational crop will be celebrated at Calderdale College’s graduation ceremony this weekend.

More than 250 graduates will parade through Halifax town centre on Saturday morning in full graduation gowns and mortar boards.

The procession will be led by the Band of the Boys’ Brigade and the Girls’ Brigade Halifax and Calderdale setting off from Halifax Town Hall.

They will set off at 11am taking a route via Princess Street and Alexandra Street arriving at the Victoria Theatre for their graduation ceremony which starts at 11.30am.

Those roads will be closed as the parade passes through.

Learners will be picking up Higher Education and professional qualifications studied for during the 2010/2011 academic year.

They include education courses, graphic design, construction and business studies.

In addition to the graduation ceremony some of Calderdale’s most inspirational people will be recognised with a special award.

Each year staff from the college nominate members of the local community for their Inspire Award.

The awards are handed out to people who are an inspiration to others through professional or business or voluntary work.

This year’s nominees are Mohamed Aslam MBE, who is Chair for the Trustees of the Halifax Opportunities Trust and the Himmat Project - which helps young people in Calderdale.

Double world champion and paralympic wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft is also up for an award for her services to sport.

Hannah is a former student at Calderdale College and broke four world records in one day at last year’s British Wheelchair Athletics Association International.

Finally Look North presenter and former Courier reporter Christa Ackroyd, Christa Ackroyd for her services to journalism and the community.

After the ceremony, at around 1pm, there will be a formal reception for family and friends.