At the 2023 Bradford College graduation ceremonies, two new awards were introduced to acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of four graduates.

The ‘Principal’s Award for Excellence’ and the ‘Principal’s Outstanding Resilience Award’ were presented during two impressive ceremonies held at Bradford’s ‘Life Centre’.

More than 400 students adorned their caps and gowns, graduating in front of a full audience comprising family, friends, staff, and VIP guests. The special award recipients were unveiled during these ceremonies.

The inaugural Principal’s Award for Excellence was bestowed upon Mahmuda Islam, a BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing graduate who achieved the highest grades among her peers graduating in the morning. Mahmuda expressed, “Receiving this award is an incredible achievement. It is the culmination of years of dedication to my course and the pursuit of knowledge.”

The second Principal’s Award for Excellence went to Frazer Ormondroyd, a BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychology in Community Settings student who achieved the highest grades against all peers graduating in the afternoon. Frazer said, “I’ve really worked hard. This is such a wonderful validation of all that hard work and a reminder to believe in myself.”

Chelsea Brown received the Principal Outstanding Resilience Award for her enduring determination and fortitude in the face of adversity. Despite facing numerous challenges in her personal life over the three years at the College, Chelsea independently delivered her BA (Hons) Business Management and Entrepreneurship degree to a very high standard.

During the afternoon ceremony, the same award was granted to Olivia Shaw, who undertook a full-time BA (Hons) Youth Work & Community Development degree while juggling the demands of parenting, college, and work placements.

Speaking to a capacity audience, Bradford College Principal & CEO Chris Webb said; “Graduation ceremonies are such a wonderful highlight in the academic calendar. I am proud to be the Principal of Bradford College and I want to take this opportunity to say congratulations to all our graduates on this incredible achievement.

“You should all be very proud of yourselves. I hope that graduating today will give you the confidence to be brave and go out and change the world; to use your learning and education for the betterment of society.”

The 11 am ceremony welcomed graduates from the Bradford School of Art, School of Engineering & Construction, Science, Health & Meditech, and Business, and Accounting & Law.
Special guest Shanaz Gulzar, Creative Director of Bradford UK City of Culture 2025, delivered an inspiring speech about the exciting developments awaiting Bradford and what the bid will bring to the city and its residents.

The 4 pm ceremony celebrated students graduating from the Margaret McMillan School of Education and School of Social Care & Community Practice. The afternoon ceremony was graced by the presence of Lord Mayor of Bradford Gerry Baker and Leader of Bradford Council, Susan Hinchcliffe.

Bradford College stands as one of the largest education and training providers in the region, offering Higher National Qualifications, Degrees, Higher Level Apprenticeships, and Postgraduate courses.

The College also provides Access to Higher Education courses, offering individuals the opportunity to refresh skills, learn new subjects, and acquire the necessary entry qualifications for university. Like other higher education courses at Bradford College, these flexible programs accommodate work and family commitments, allowing the spreading of the cost of investing in the future.

Over the next few years, the College aims to further enhance higher education facilities with multi-million-pound transformational funding. Learn more about higher education and degree courses at Bradford College, and you can apply via UCAS or directly through Bradford College.