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    Love and his first degree for Fakenham graduate

    A 23 year old from Pudding Norton celebrated finding love and gaining a degree at an annual college graduation ceremony.

    James Newman secured a 2:2 on a sports coaching pathway that was studied at Easton & Otley College.

    He also received a special award for ‘progress’ during an occasion that took place in Easton on Friday 18 October 2019.

    He spent seven years at the Norfolk campus of the college, starting on a level one programme before graduating with honours on a course that is affiliated to the University of East Anglia.

    He celebrated the moment with his girlfriend Deena-Mai Jarvis who he met at the college just over eighteen months ago.

    On finding love, he said, “You can say that I found love at the college. I feel fortunate to have found her. She has been so supportive.”

    On gaining the award, he said, “I don’t want to take the full spotlight as many others have achieved great things whilst studying at college. However, I feel proud and have got a real sense of achievement thanks to winning this award.”

    Mr Newman praised the staff at Easton & Otley who ‘believed in me’ and ‘gave me the support and confidence I needed’ and is now looking ahead to life after university.

    He said, “I’m currently in the recruitment process to work in primary school education.”

    Over 300 people witnessed almost 100 students gain higher education qualifications at the annual Easton & Otley College graduation ceremony.

    During the ceremony, principal, Jane Townsend, reflected on the last 12 months. She said, “Congratulations to everyone on your achievements - you have made me incredibly proud - so well done. Thank you to the University of East Anglia and the University of Huddersfield, the staff and your friends and family for all of the support that they have given you. Take what you have learnt with us and continue to strive to make a difference. Use your skills and knowledge and make an impact that will help positively shape the future of our natural world.”

    The chief executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association received an honorary degree at this event and Phoebe Russell from Kings Lynn was crowned student of the year.