Vive la Graduation for Harrogate language students
The group of part-time mature students have been studying French as part of Leeds Metropolitan University's part-time language programme and graduated in BA (Hons) French this week at the University's Headingley Campus.
Many of the students have been studying with the University for over ten years, with some progressing from beginner level all the way through to degree standard.
Speaking about his experiences of studying at Leeds Met, David Oakes said: "I studied French at school, but it was the only subject I failed at 'O' level. I was determined to do it again one day and passed the GCE 'O' level in the last year of that system and went on from there. Studying at Leeds Met has been a great experience and our thanks must go to Micheline McNamara, who's been a super teacher.
"Learning French has given me many opportunities over the years from visiting the country on many occasions, to making new friends and having great learning opportunities. It's been an interesting pastime over many years; I've gained some great friendships and a real sense of achievement and it's certainly a proud moment to reach graduation and receive my degree."
Speaking about the students' success, lecturer Micheline McNamara said: "Obtaining a University degree as a mature student requires a very considerable effort over a long period. The standard of work required is exactly the same as for full time undergraduates.
I am delighted with the achievement of every one of my students who, in addition to leading busy lives at work and at home, have completed all the assessments required to a very high level. They now have a broad understanding of French language and culture which they keep current through travel and the Internet. Seeing these students graduate is a memory I will cherish for ever."
The graduation celebrations took place at the University's Headingley Campus from Monday 22 to Friday 26 July, where over 5,000 students graduated over five days, alongside ten honorary degree recipients.
Comedy legend Barry Cryer and Emmerdale star Gaynor Faye were among the well-known names to be awarded honorary degrees at Leeds Metropolitan University's summer graduations. Honorary awards were also conferred upon music producer, engineer and film sound mixer, Dennis Weinreich and former Leeds Met Director of Sport and British Triathlon's Olympic Performance Manager for the London 2012 Games, Malcolm Brown MBE.