We deserve a traditional Graduation!
It has come to our attention that James Watt College wish to re-modernise Graduation Ceremonies. Despite the HNC graduates of 2009 being promised the normal graduation ceremony which every previous year has received, we are now aware this has been changed without student or staff approval to a 'modern and funky bash' in the FOYER of Finnart Street Campus. This has only been communicated to staff - NOT STUDENTS! Needless to say this is not the traditional ceremony we all hope to experience on one of the proudest days of our life. The graduates of 2009 were advised their Graduation Ceremonies WOULD be traditional and would take place this year but this has been amended without their knowledge or approval! I'm sure I don't need to explain how deceived and angry they are all feeling at this shocking news. Some are even regretting their decision to study at James Watt College since the management seem to be suggesting they do not value their students' achievements. The main points we have discovered from this 're-modernisation' are as follows: - NO friends or family are invited to share in their loved ones joy on one of the most special days of their life. - NO gown hire available and no formal dress code. - NO official photographer to capture those precious memories. - Existing staff not consulted on this decision. - NO respect being shown to hard working students from a multi-deprivational area for their dedication and hard work!! Interestingly, an HMIE Report dated 19th June 2009 found that "learners are insufficiently involved in decision making in relation to enhancing the work and life of the college" and suggested this be actioned. Obviously this has not been done as I write this. We call for a proper graduation like every other graduate year has had. If it needs to be updated and modernised then let us the students decide what that shall involve. The community also has the right to be proud of it's students and share in their success. Please sign this petition and show your support to the past, present and future students and staff of James Watt College in this unjust matter. Thank you.