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The first Burnley Campus graduation ceremony which was held in Towneley Hall.

First Burnley Campus graduation ceremony took place at Towneley Hall

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has held its first ever graduation ceremony in Burnley.

Taking place inside Towneley Hall, the special event saw Burnley Campus based students from the Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise; the School of Social Work, Care & Community; and the School of Community Health & Midwifery receive their prestigious degrees and awards.

The graduates, who all live in East Lancashire, donned their academic caps and gowns and processed across the stage to graduate in front of proud family members, senior UCLan staff and new Honorary Fellow Tony Attard OBE DL, Chief Executive Officer of Burnley-based fabrics supplier Panaz.

It was a special day because we all created a little bit of history as this was the first time that UCLan has held its own graduation ceremony for its growing campus in Burnley.

Tony offered some advice to the new graduates: “Always say yes if asked to do something, opportunities will present themselves, never be afraid to take them even if they are outside of your comfort zone, you never know where it might lead. You are about to embark on the toughest challenge of your lives. You are all individuals, listen to nobody else except yourselves and go out there and do it.”

The new graduates had studied on a range of courses including BA (Hons) Business & Management, BA (Hons) Social Work, BA (Hons) Health & Social Care and a Foundation Degree in Community Leadership.

Dr Ebrahim Adia, Provost of UCLan’s Burnley Campus, said: “It was a special day because we all created a little bit of history as this was the first time that UCLan has held its own graduation ceremony for its growing campus in Burnley. To give the graduates the best send-off possible, we were able to hold it in the amazing setting of Towneley Hall.” 

Rachel Atkinson | 17 September 2019