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Students standing outside Swansea Arena

Gower College Swansea HE Graduation 2023

Around 120 higher education students from Gower College Swansea celebrated success recently at a special graduation event at Swansea Arena.

They were there to celebrate their achievements in a wide range of higher-level courses including business, criminal justice, computing, engineering, and childcare.  

“I’m so proud to once again welcome everyone to Swansea Arena where we can celebrate the academic achievements of all of our higher education students,” says Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Jones.

“Our higher education ceremony marks a very special time for our students where they can celebrate all the hard work and commitment they have given to their studies.

“As a College, we are committed to ensuring these learners graduate with the skills and knowledge that they need for a successful career, and we work very closely with all of our industry partners to ensure our programmes reflect the skills needed within the region. We wish all of our students every success in their next step of their careers.”

The College works in partnership with a number of universities to deliver higher level programmes including Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, University of South Wales, and Cardiff University.

At the graduation event, the College also awarded a special Certificate of Fellowship to Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, in recognition of her tireless work on behalf of the people of the city.

The College’s Chair of Governors, Meirion Howells, says: “It is a great honour and privilege to present Carolyn as an Honorary Fellow of the College for her support and representation of the people and communities across Swansea.”

In 2015, Carolyn was first elected as the constituency’s Member of Parliament and was subsequently reelected in 2017 and 2019. In 2018 she also became the first Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour.

Carolyn has undertaken many frontbench roles including Shadow Home Office Minister, Shadow Women and Equalities Minister and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition. She now sits as a backbencher and chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups on gambling related harm, beauty and wellbeing and menopause. She also sits on the Women and Equalities and Home Affairs Select Committees and co-chairs the Government’s Menopause Taskforce.