Haverhill student's fortitude earns her an award at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College's graduation ceremony
A Haverhill mum received the Award for Innovation in Graphic Communication at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College's graduation ceremony on Saturday.
Alice Jenkins was working part time in the publishing industry, but now having completed her degree she is now embarking on a Masters in Graphic Design and Typography at Anglia Ruskin University and has even started as a part-time Lecturer at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.
Alice decided to take on a degree later in life after raising her family and making the decision to pursue her passion for design.
She said: “I had always wanted to be a Graphic Designer but I started my family in my early twenties and that dream took a back seat while I was bringing up my children.”
Having worked on some large scale campaigns and big brands such as Heinz, and always producing work of an extremely high standard meant Alice was commissioned as a freelance designer in 2018.
At the end of her second year Alice lost her mother to cancer but channelled this grief into her work and as a result was awarded a first class honours degree.
Alice said: "My advice to anyone considering taking the leap into doing a degree as a mature student, would be to definitely do it! It might be challenging at times but it is worth it.
"Three years may seem like a long time but it isn’t and time passes anyway – it’s what you do with it that makes the biggest difference.”
The annual ceremony took place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, where hundreds of guests, staff, VIPs and sponsors joined in the celebrations, beginning with a procession through the Abbey Gardens to the cathedral front door.
Over 249 students graduated in a range of subjects and courses – 51 with first class honours and four with distinctions in their foundation degrees.
There were also 12 prizes awarded to inspirational students - one of which was Alice - who were nominated by tutors and sponsored by businesses and organisations across the region.
Dr Nikos Savvas, Principal of West Suffolk College and Chief Executive Suffolk Academies Trust said: “These students are the embodiment of the character strengths we seek to instil in all of our students.
"Some may have faced pressure, adversity and setbacks, but everyone has carried on.
"These students refused to give up on their dreams. We are immensely proud of them.”