The evening saw over 100 learners who had successfully completed their courses and apprenticeships in 2018-19 graduate from the college.
The ceremony took place in the college’s Tottenham Centre and was hosted by Rev Nims Obunge, member of the CONEL Local Advisory Board, with certificates presented by Kurt Hintz, CONEL’s Interim Principal.
The ceremony was opened by two The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London performing arts students Karola Korczewska and Keisha Akinyemi who sang Ben E King’s classic “Stand By Me.”
Attendees were then inspired by alumni student Stanislav Ivanov’s story. Stanislav was working 9-5 and wanted to change what he was doing. He re-entered education at CONEL studying on our Computing Access to Higher Education Diploma which he got a distinction in. This allowed Stanislav to progress onto King’s College London University, where now in his third year, he’s planning to be a software engineer.
Stanislav told us: “Without the teachers, I wouldn’t have passed the course and be where I am. I am so grateful.”
Last year Stanislav returned the favour to CONEL and returned to help coach students doing the course he studied while here.
The awards were then presented. Congratulations to all of our Graduates.
Graduate, Magdalena Siwek, who studied PGCE Level 7 teacher training last year, said “Tonight was really good. It was nice to have a ceremony just after we handed in our final work and see all of my class friends so happy. It was a blast.”
Interim Principal Kurt Hintz said “Our Graduation Ceremony is one of my favourite nights of the year.
“It is an opportunity to celebrate all the hard work our students have put in and remind ourselves of the impact that education has on our lives.
“I’d like to congratulate all our graduating students for their fantastic achievements and wish them all the best in their future careers.”