27 November 2019

More than 800 people attended Nottingham College’s Higher Education (HE) Graduation Ceremony on Monday 18 November at the atmospheric Royal Concert Hall. They gathered together to celebrate the achievements and academic success of nearly 200 university-level course graduates.

Family, friends and College staff joined the graduating students for the ceremony. Special guests included the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Rosemary Healy; and the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Kevin Rostance.

Among the graduates was Jade Carter. The BA (Hons) Art and Design (Fashion) graduate has cystinosis, a rare condition which affects only around 2000 people in the world. It leaves her feeling very poorly on a regular basis. Jade not only picked up a faculty award on the day, but was also named Graduate of the Year for Outstanding Achievement.

Speaking about her awards and graduation, Jade said: “I feel quite overwhelmed, it doesn’t feel real. My tutors encouraged me to be myself and they were just amazing. They’ve allowed me to achieve everything I have.”

Despite having to deal with her health issues, including being on and off dialysis, Jade not only kept up with her work, but also used her creative talents to design accessible clothing for others going through similar experiences. While on her Foundation Degree in Fashion, Jade developed her own range of modern clothing aimed at young people going through dialysis.

A year later, she’s now completed her BA qualification and registered her own new business, We Are Able Ltd., with plans to develop a range of accessible loungewear next year. Jade said: “I want my clothes to be suitable for everyone. I’m working with my partner Jay to develop my website and we’re on Instagram.”

Jade and her fellow graduates made their way out of the auditorium at the end of the ceremony to rapturous applause from the crowd.

Thank you to Lucy Malloy, from Nottingham College for submitting this news story. If you would like to share a news story from your organisation, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at media@skillsedugroup.co.uk