West Lothian College celebrates 50th graduation anniversary

West Lothian College celebrated its 50th year
West Lothian College celebrated its 50th year

Around 200 students were part of a special West Lothian College graduation ceremony as it celebrated its 50th year.

Over 800 family and friends saw graduates collect their certificates in a variety of subjects, including accounting, engineering, computing, events, hairdressing, fitness, care and much more.

Guest speaker on the day was actor and playwright Matthew McVarish whose 10,000 mile Road to Change walk, which raised awareness of child sex abuse, won him a number of awards. Other guests included the college’s acting chair of the board of governors Sue Cook.

Special award winners were announced by MSP Angela Constance, with Provost Tom Kerr handing out the awards.

Principal and chief executive Mhairi Harrington said: “West Lothian College’s Graduation Event is always a real highlight of the year for us. However, this year is all the more special as it marks our 50th Anniversary and celebrates five decades of supporting individuals in our communities and businesses to achieve qualifications.

“It has given us the opportunity to look at qualifications over the years and it is great to see how they have changed over time to keep up with the ever developing country.”