On Sunday 14 June, Newbold College of Higher Education welcomed guests from far and near to witness the academic success of 30 students at its 2015 Awards Ceremony. Other guests included the Deputy Mayor and a Councillor from Bracknell Forest Council, alumni, staff, family and friends of the graduands, and the Newbold community. The ceremony also involved the awarding of the rank of Principal Lecturer Emeritus to four retired lecturers.
Newbold’s diversity was reflected through the graduands, who represented seventeen countries. These students have successfully completed their studies in Theology, Religious Studies, Business Studies, and Liberal Arts. Graduating Business student Saskia Heibutzki, said, ‘What I appreciated the most about my time here at Newbold is the joy of being around people from all parts of the globe, learning about the different mentalities and cultures, and making friendships that transcend any cultural differences. I really think this experience will be a bonus in the Business world.’
At the end of the day which was overflowing with happy sentiments, Theology graduate Sebastian Matula, beaming with delight, said ‘during the last three years at Newbold, I have understood what it means to be human: to be a follower of Jesus Christ, to let His love shine through my life and to prepare people for the imminent return of Jesus’.
Dr Baildam said that it was a pleasure and privilege to have been involved in the 2015 Awards Ceremony. ‘To see the joy of accomplishment and achievement on the faces of all our graduating students, their families, and supporters, made all the preparations so worthwhile. I know that some visitors looked on with envy – but just a quick contact with our Admissions Office might ensure that one day they too can be part of a future ceremony’, he added.
Text by tedNEWS. Photos by Asun Olivan and Roland Dan.