STUDENTS from Adam Smith College heard the chairman of their college board acknowledge that 2012 had been “a difficult year” for the institution.
Irene Morrison acknowledged the major issues which have surrounded the college when she spoke at four graduation ceremonies in St Bryce Kirk on Thursday and Friday last week.
And she rejected suggestions the latest developments - interim principal Ian Harrington was suspended just days before the ceremonies he should have hosted - and investigation had over-shadowed the celebrations.
She said: “It has been a difficult year for the college with various challenges.
‘‘The staff and Board of the college have responded positively and will continue to respond positively to these challenges and to the difficult media coverage that the college has received.
‘‘It is not easy to read in the newspapers about something that we care deeply about.
“I am proud of Adam Smith College and I am confident that the right measures have been put in place now to take it forward and ensure we continue to deliver the excellent learning and teaching we have built our reputation on over the years.”
Despite recent events, there was still a celebratory air around the college’s St Brycedale Campus in Kirkcaldy as over 400 graduands, from Fife and beyond, enjoyed their big day.
Four ceremonies were held in St Bryce Kirk followed by drinks receptions in the college Atrium.
The events were attended by family members, friends and lecturers who all watched on proudly as each student crossed the stage to formally graduate.
In her address, Mrs Morrison said that it had been a difficult year with various challenges, but was confident that the right measures had been put in over two days.
Praising the students for their achievement and their families for their support, Mrs Morrison spoke of the excellent support of the dedicated staff, and urged the students to make good use of their talents and skills and continue to learn in the future:
“This is a time of opportunity for the college and Fife, but it is also a new and exciting time for those of you sitting here today in your robes. Have confidence in your ability, and be aware at all times that in building your own career you are also helping to build the future for all of us. You have the skills and the knowledge that will help to build a more secure and successful future future.”
Gordon Brown MP, chancellor added: “I would like to congratulate all of our students graduating this week and thank their family, friends and college staff for supporting them through their studies, allowing them to reach their true potential.’’ Our graduates can now go on to make a real difference in today’s society.”
Around 1200 students were eligible to attend graduation and will also officially graduate from Adam Smith College this week, gaining awards in subject areas from education and care, sports, tourism and creative industries to hair and beauty, engineering, science, computing, business and management.