Skye graduate wins coveted Glasgow College prize

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Alaina Maclennan, from Skye, has received the Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement at City of Glasgow College’s annual winter graduation.

The HND Sports Coaching graduate celebrated at the college’s ceremony held last week in the city’s Royal Concert Hall.

Alaina, who attended Plockton High School and lives in Kyleakin, was surprised and delighted to win the prize.

She said: ‘I am happy that my hard work during my time at college, and through the challenges of adapting to remote learning due to Covid-19, have paid off.

A delighted AlainaMaclennan. Photograph: Martin Shields. NO F49 CoGCGraduation_AlainaMaclennan_PrizeWinner (2)
A delighted AlainaMaclennan. Photograph: Martin Shields.
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‘City of Glasgow College gave me the good foundation I needed to build and develop my future career in sports coaching.

‘I am currently in my third year at the University of the West of Scotland, studying Sports Coaching and Development.’

Paul Little, principal and chief executive at City of Glasgow College, added: ‘I am always delighted to personally congratulate each and every student as we confer their qualifications.

‘Graduation is a major highlight in our college calendar, and the prizes we award rightly recognise those individuals who have excelled in their studies, and who stood out as exemplary classmates and students. Alaina should be very proud of her achievement.’

The guest of honour at Alaina’s ceremony, providing an inspirational speech and words of wisdom, was Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council.

The graduates achieved BA Degrees and BA Honours, Higher National Diplomas and Certificates, TUC Diplomas, Scottish Professional Diplomas and Certificates in Professional Development.

As numbers attending were limited in respect of Covid-19 restrictions, each ceremony was streamed live for graduates and their families, who could not attend, to watch. The ceremonies are available to view via the graduation page of the college website.