Lockdown didn’t prevent high-flying students at the College of West Anglia in King’s Lynn (CWA) from being recognised.
A virtual ceremony was held to celebrate their graduation and mark the end of their study and progression onto a career in the RAF or defence-related industries.
Air and Defence College course director, Jo Evans, said: “As we couldn’t all be physically together at RAF Cranwell this year, we decided to finish the year with a virtual graduation and charity event to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
“The students had planned to run, cycled and walked the equivalent distance from CWA King’s Lynn campus to RAF Cranwell, which is over 86 kilometres.”
Together they covered nearly double the distance to RAF Cranwell, travelling a total of 160km and raising more than £300 for the RAF Benevolent Fund, a leading RAF welfare charity.
Fifteen CWA students joined partner colleges, Lincoln College and New College Stamford at the virtual graduation. There were speeches from Air Commodore Suraya Marshall and CWA principal, David Pomfret, before award winners were announced.
The winners were: Charlie Cooper (best female) Cameron Taylor (best male) and Nathan Bird (students’ student). Jason Partridge received the pursuit of excellence award.
Air Commodore Marshall said: “The Air and Defence College is one of the key ways that the Royal Air Force College is seeking to inspire and attract talent into a service that truly reflects the society we serve.
“I was delighted to be part of this occasion and wish all graduating students every success in their future careers either in the Royal Air Force or the defence industry.”
Mr Pomfret added: “We are extremely proud of all of our students who have graduated from the Air and Defence College. The strong partnership with our A&DC partner colleges, the RAF and defence industry partners provides the students with the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience necessary to achieve their future career goals of joining the RAF or related industries.”