Scotland’s A-List share career advice with Graduates

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It was a graduation to remember for students at Glasgow Clyde College – for more reasons than one.  With more than 500 graduates and their family members attending ceremonies virtually due to the pandemic, they also received inspirational advice from some of the most well-known faces in the country. 

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, alongside some of Scotland’s best-known actors, broadcasters, fashion designers and musicians provided video messages with words of wisdom for Glasgow Clyde College’s Class of 2020. 

Varying from the best career advice they’ve received, to what they wish they could tell themselves when they left education, musicians including James Allen from Glasvegas and Young Father’s Kayus Bankole, comedian Janey Godley, broadcasters Jackie Bird and Kay Adams and even the country’s National Clinical Director Jason Leitch offered messages of congratulations. 

Former Clyde College Alumni and global fashion designer, Christopher Kane encouraged everyone to be as creative as they can be during these hard times alongside podcast hosts, Sean McDonald and footballer Si Ferry. 

The viewing was enjoyed by students graduating from 88 courses across 13 curriculum areas.  Graduates ranged from only 18 years old up to 74, with someone tuning in all the way from South Africa. Many spent the last four months of the academic year learning remotely as the college suddenly closed on Friday 20th March to the pandemic, quickly adapting to online teaching. 

Jon Vincent, Principal and Chief Executive of Glasgow Clyde College, said: “This is a momentous moment for our graduates of 2020. They have had to overcome unprecedented challenges to get to this stage.  

“We were all very touched by the messages of support and advice offered to our graduates. The video was really something extra special to mark the occasion. Congratulations to all our graduates, we look forward to watching you flourish as you embark on the next steps in your journey.”

View the video messages here