Students donned caps and gowns as 2020 and 2021 Blackburn University Centre graduation ceremonies finally went ahead.

Around 600 students turned out to celebrate their successes at three ceremonies on Tuesday at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.

Two ceremonies were held at 11am and 2.30pm for students graduating in 2021, while a special graduation ceremony was held at 5pm for students from 2020 as their graduation was postponed due to Covid-19.

The college’s leadership team and corporation board were there along with the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Derek Hardman.

Guests were treated to a special performance by Blackburn Children’s University Choir.

Principal Dr Fazal Dad said: “Graduation is a very special day, not just for those graduating, but for their families and friends who join in celebrating their successes with them.

“I would like to congratulate all the students on their fantastic achievement, even more so with the challenges that the past 18-months have presented us with.

“Praise also goes to staff at the University Centre for their dedication, commitment and professionalism in helping our students to fulfil their potential.”

Mohsin Mehmood, 22, from Blackburn, completed a foundation degree in accounting with financial services in 2020, he said: “I’m extremely grateful for the support and encouragement provided throughout the course, and in particularly through the pandemic. Nothing was too much of an ask for staff and tutors.

“I’m really appreciative that rather than cancel graduation that we were able to hold a graduation ceremony in person.”