Graduate Celebrations 2021

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Collage of five graduates with mortars and certificates

We are very sorry we can't be with you in person for your graduation this year. We know how important graduation and award ceremonies are for all our students, so we thought you would like to hear some special messages. 

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A message from our Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal

As chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, I would like to congratulate you all on your achievements during these challenging times.

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A message from our Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal Script

A message from our Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal Script

As Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, I would like to congratulate all of this year’s graduates on successfully completing your studies. Almost two academic years of those studies have been done remotely and you have worked hard and shown great determination to get to where you are today.

Gaining qualifications always requires dedication, but again this year, students have faced additional challenges. As the Coronavirus pandemic swept across the world, all our lives changed in some way.

It has been a difficult and uncertain time for everyone, so I would like to commend the adaptability and creativity you have shown in completing your studies and the support to your fellow students, your friends, your family and your community.

Many of you volunteered in providing COVID information or volunteered in the frontline response. Adaptability, creativity and kindness are valuable attributes which will be particularly important as the world moves on from the challenges of this pandemic.

Graduation is a key milestone in a person’s life, allowing you to reflect on our achievements. And now is a good moment to take some time to reflect on your studies here and your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Every contribution is significant.

This year is also an important year for our university. We have welcomed our new Principal and Vie-Chancellor, Professor Todd Walker, and we are celebrating the university’s tenth birthday. Our partnership now has the largest student population in Scotland, with nearly 40,000 students studying further and higher education courses with us each year.

The university was created to have a transformational impact on our region, economy, people and our communities, making the best use of technology to ensure the best delivery and experience of distance learning. I think we can be proud of the impact we’ve had across the Highlands and Islands. As graduates, you will play a vital role in supporting this mission, across our region and beyond.

As you begin a new chapter of your life, please go forward with confidence, knowing that all of us across the university partnership support you and wish you every success for the future.

Wherever life takes you, I encourage you to keep in touch with us in years to come. The university is always here for you, whether you are looking for career advice or thinking about another course to enhance your skills.

As a new member of our growing alumni community, you will always be part of the University of the Highlands and Islands family.

Congratulations and good luck.

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A message of congratulations from North Highland College UHI Principal Debbie Murray

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A message of congratulations from North Highland College UHI Principal, Debbie Murray

A message of congratulations from North Highland College UHI Principal, Debbie Murray

Good afternoon and congratulations to all of our graduates for 2021 and welcome to the UHI week of digital celebrations. It's been quite a year and you have shown great resilience to complete and pass your course of study. For those of you who have been studying over multiple years, it will be really interesting to look back at the different skills that you have had to deploy between the normal years and the covid years to reach this point in your life.

In all cases, however long your studies have been, you should be really really proud of what you have achieved and here at North Highland College we are really really proud of you.

At a traditional graduation ceremony this would be the time when I would be asking you to take a moment to thank those people who have helped you along your journey whether it be your lecturers, fellow students, family, friends or work colleagues, I'm sure you are very grateful for the support they have given you along the way; even if sometimes you felt like you were being nagged to get to the end, I'm sure that journey has been worth it, so I do hope you have taken the time to celebrate your achievement because a great achievement is.

If you have been taking selfies, I'm sure there's some out there, we would love to see you share them through your social media onto ours. Finally I would just like to say thank you very much for choosing North Highland College UHI. I hope you've enjoyed your time with us and I hope we get to meet again in the future. Thank you very much.