Double celebration at Graduation as the Titchmarsh Centre is officially opened!

August 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

8th and 9th September 2011

240 Writtle College students will travel to Chelmsford cathedral in Essex next month to receive their University of Essex accredited degrees. Two of the three graduation ceremonies will be held on Thursday 8 September, while the third ceremony will take place on Friday 9 September.

Just prior to the two Thursday graduation ceremonies will be another reason to celebrate as College patron, Alan Titchmarsh MBE will officially open the newest addition to the Writtle College campus – The Titchmarsh Centre for Animal Care.

Early in 2010 the College embarked on a major capital development project to provide a fantastic new facility to house Writtle’s zoo and companion animals and to provide new teaching facilities. When Alan Titchmarsh was asked to be the namesake for the new development he said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to shape the future of the animal care and veterinary nursing professions.” The opening will take place on Thursday 8 September at 9.30am.

Mr Titchmarsh will later join graduating students from undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Agriculture, Business, Conservation, Floristry and Horticulture, followed by an afternoon ceremony for the Writtle School of Design graduates.

Honouring students at the Friday ceremony for Sports, Equine and Animal studies/ science degrees will be Sally Gunnell OBE, who last year received an Honorary Doctorate from Writtle College in recognition of her contribution to British sport and athletics.

Honorary Doctorates this year be awarded to: Peter Harvey who has been a leading light in the study of natural history in Essex for well over two decades; Mike Porter who has a clear passion for educating young people and the general public from Essex about their food; Peter Wilkin who is Chairman of Wilkin & Sons, the manufacturers of the world renowned Tiptree Jams; Ben Maher who was the youngest rider to represent Great Britain in the Beijing (Hong Kong) Olympics in 2008.

This year the Duchess of Kent awards will be presented to Tamzin Mills, Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing, Michelle Williams, Sales Support Officer for Short Course Training, and Helen Fitch who is the Higher Education Quality Systems Development Manager.

The Students’ Union Rag charities, J’s Hospice and Chelmsford YMCA, will receive cheques from the money raised throughout the year through RAG activities.