For most people their graduation day is a very special occasion, and for one of the 810 graduates who had their awards conferred at North West Regional College’s graduation ceremony on Friday, it was a chance to celebrate his career success to date.
Waterside student Ryan McCombe is now undertaking an Honours Degree in Design for Creative Practice at University of Ulster Magee, after progressing from the HND in Interactive Media programme at NWRC last year.
He joined other former NWRC part-time and full-time students for the graduation ceremony at the Millennium Forum, which celebrated their achievements from a range of Higher Education and Access programmes at the College.
As a mark of his success and excellence on the his course, Ryan was presented with a special Adventi Award for the Best Cross-platform work on the HND programme, meaning that this is now the second major NWRC honour for the former Foyle College student as he was also a recipient of a prestigious Ulster Media Show award from the College last year.
Ryan said: “I loved my time at North West Regional College and at times I wish I was still here! The lecturing staff were awesome, so supportive and friendly.
“I had already done some bits and pieces of design work beforehand, but the Interactive Media course made me really focus on film, and it’s film that I want to focus on now.”
Completing the HND with such good grades allowed Ryan to skip the 1st year of the Honours Degree at Magee, moving directly into year 2 of the course.
“I’ve always had an interest in film and media, so the HND has provided me with the perfect foundation to develop my career ambitions at Magee, and hopefully through to employment in the film-making business.”
College Principal and Chief Executive Seamus Murphy said: “North West Regional College is committed to providing quality education and training for all, and takes great pride in delivering programmes that meet the needs of employers and learners alike.
“Those graduating today have achieved recognised vocational qualifications, boosted their confidence and are well placed to make a contribution to the local economy.
“I warmly congratulate all those who will receive awards today, and wish them every success for the future.”