A Westcountry cathedral was full of laughter, smiles and tears of joy when more than 500 students took part in their graduation ceremony.
Students from all Cornwall College sites converged on Truro Cathedral to celebrate their successes in front of friends, family and former lecturers.
Donning the traditional cap and gown, students received scrolls at the ceremonies to mark the end point of their hard labour after spending years working towards their ultimate goal of achieving a degree.
This year saw for the first time three graduation ceremonies take place as 935 students – more than ever – passed degree level courses at one of the college's sites in Camborne, Newquay, St Austell, Saltash, Falmouth, Stoke Climsland and Rosewarne. Over 520 students attended one of the three ceremonies held at the cathedral on Saturday, which also marked the first of many to come for the college's new CEO and Principal Amarjit Basi. "It is always a pleasure to see graduates surrounded by their proud family and friends on such a happy occasion," said Mr Basi.
Mother Dawn Eden and daughter Tia Bartram from Newquay both graduated with a foundation degree in event management from Camborne.
"I really enjoyed planning my own wedding which led to a career change in event management."
Dawn added: "It has been great studying with my daughter as we plan to set-up our own events business specialising in weddings. At one point there were six members of our family all studying at Camborne. It is a great college and brilliant stepping stone."
Lindsay Chandler from St Merryn, who graduated with a foundation degree in equine behaviour and training from Duchy College Stoke Climsland, said: "It feels really good to be graduating. As I run my own livery yard the course was really informative and relevant to industry and enabled me to offer advice to my clients where needed."