College Principal and chief executive, Iain Macmillan..."It's great to have a feeling of confidence in the middle of Stornoway"

Summer sunshine and warmth returned to add to the sense of celebration in central Stornoway today (Fri August 25th) as Lews Castle College degree and higher education students gathered for their annual graduation ceremony. 

A total of 58 graduates and their families filled Martin’s Memorial church for an uplifting event to mark the completion of their successful studies through the campus in Stornoway and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Former LCC student and “Stornoway girl” turned broadcast journalist, Anne Lundon, opened the occasion this year with an entertaining speech paying tribute to her LCC and UHI experience and congratulating the graduates today.  “Education is for life and as graduates you can aspire to many things,” she said.

She urged them to be confident about their futures and to not let anything hold them back from their dreams and aspirations.

“I think it’s a very difficult time when you leave college and you do not know which path you want to go down – we are always evolving. Studying here in Stornoway, helped me gain my dream job.”

Principal Iain MacMillan gave an uplifting address to close the event, bidding a big “well done folks” to all the students there today.  “It’s important to recognise your achievements,” he said. “Today is about you celebrating your successful journey through education to this point in time and it's worth all this pomp and circumstance.”

Graduands file into Martin's Memorial Church for the Graduation Ceremony which started around 2pm


Broadcasting journalist Anne Lundon, gave the keynote address