Students at Bishop Burton College have been told by television and radio presenter Jenni Falconer to grasp the opportunities before them.
Jenni, known for her many television presenting roles including on GMTV and the National Lottery, was the guest presenter at the college’s Presentation Day.
She presented certificates and awards to students who have completed courses in subjects including sport, art and design, floristry and business, among others.
Jenni, who is also the presenter of Heart Radio’s Early Breakfast Show, told the students: “Congratulations to you all.
“I’m really honoured to be here with you all on this very special day. You have achieved what you wanted to achieve but this is where things really start for you.
“You are at a point now when you have so many options and so many exciting choices. Life is full of choices for you. You can’t predict what life has in store.
“Work hard and it will pay off. Keep working hard and you will get where you want. Create your own opportunities by knocking on doors. You have to create your own opportunities.
“I’m so excited for all of you. Good luck with your choices and, if you see a fork in the road at any point for you, why not give it a try?”
Bill Meredith, Chief Executive and Principal of Bishop Burton, said: “This event is very special for everyone at the college, as we celebrate the success of our wonderful students.
“All our students here today have worked hard to get to this point. They have been supported along the way by staff, family and friends – but today is all about them.
“I hope you all thoroughly enjoy your day.”
Student Rebecca Martin delivered a formal vote of thanks on behalf of the Student Association. She told the audience: “It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to speak at this celebration.
“To all those who have gathered here today – college staff, governors, friends and family – I would like to say a warm thank you for helping make today possible.
“It is a very special occasion for us all and one that marks the end of an important chapter in our lives.”
Alan Menzies, Chair of Governors at the college, near Beverley, concluded the ceremony by telling the students: “I sincerely wish you all the very best of luck.”
It was the second Presentation Day of the week at the college, with television presenter Helen Skelton handing out certificates and awards the previous day to students who had completed courses in subjects including agriculture, animal management and engineering.