Northlink College Annual Award Ceremony is a one of the biggest and most anticipated events on the College calendar. Students from all over the Western Cape, Northern Cape and other parts of the country came to Cape Events Centre (His People Church) to receive the recognition that they have worked for during their time at the College.
The Award Ceremony was divided into two sessions and saw 1009 students take to the stage as they represented the more than 60 course that is on offer at the College.
Says Rene Bonzet, Northlink College Marketing HoD: “The College takes a lot of time and effort to give the students that qualify to graduate the opportunity to enjoy their day in front of their friends, peers and family.
The day saw the students entertained by Northlink’s Got Talent 2015 top place winners – Mishka Geduld and Reyon Doughlas – as they also paid their respects to the passed Northlink College Council Chair, Mr Melvyn Caroline who recently passed away, with the lighting of a candle in his honour.
“It is not just the this certificate that you have acquired whilst you have studied that will be important for your future, but it is your character and behavior that you have developed whilst you have been at Northlink College that will secure you the opportunities in the future,” said Leon Beech, Northlink College CEO and Principal during his welcoming address to the students.
One of the new introductions to the Award Ceremony this year was a social media competition that invited the students to upload a selfie of them with their friends and family and post it on the Northlink College Alumni Facebook Page. The #NLGrad2015 hashtag was used in the posts and saw more than 24 people upload their selfies and more than 471 people where reached in the posts with the hashtag. One of the images that have been posted nearly reached 6000 people – which made an impact on the Northlink College Facebook Page too.
Amongst these award ceremony attendees were Nicolette Hattingh, a Northlink College Hair care student and regional WorldSkills SA winner that walked away with the coveted CEO Award that she obtained not only due to her great academic achievements, but also because she participated in various activities that helped and uplifted various communities in the Northern Suburbs such as taking part in the CANSA Shavathon to name a few. Her average of 87% along with these activities made her a worthy recipient of the award.