The success of more than 100 York College students was celebrated at a graduation ceremony in York Minster.
Graduates from the college’s university centre gathered at the Minster for the event on Thursday.
Speaking to the 129 graduates and their guests, York College chief executive Lee Probert reflected on the words of the Queen, who said ‘it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change’.
Mr Probert added: “Whatever you do next, wherever you go next, however big or small the step you take, you have already achieved great things, and can continue to do so.
“Never lose that thirst for learning, to think differently and to challenge and push boundaries.
“I am enormously proud of all that you have achieved so far and look forward, through our Alumni Association, to finding out more about your future successes.”
Sarah Barbacane, York College’s director of curriculum: professional & commercial industries, said: “Once again we have a group of students who have achieved something really special, despite the challenges of studying through a global pandemic.
“I’m so proud to play a part in this ceremony and to be able to celebrate their success.”
Before receiving their certificates, the graduates were also addressed by guest speaker, two-times paratriathlon gold-medallist Steve Judge, who provided an inspiring account of his gold medal win at the Beijing World Championships in 2011.