On 26 June the College of Haringey Enfield & North East London (CONEL) hosted their annual Graduation Ceremony for adults on Higher Education courses, Access to HE courses and Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships.

The evening saw over 100 learners who had successfully completed their courses and apprenticeships in 2018-19 graduate from the College.


The ceremony took place in the college’s Tottenham Centre and was hosted by Rev Nims Obunge, member of the CONEL Local Advisory Board, with certificates presented by Kurt Hintz, CONEL’s Interim Principal.


The ceremony was opened by two City and Islington College performing arts students Karola Korczewska and Keisha Akinyemi who sang Ben E King’s classic Stand By Me.


Attendees were then inspired by alumni student Stanislav Ivanov’s story.

Stanislav was working 9-5 and wanted to change what he was doing. He re-entered education at CONEL studying on our Access to Higher Education level 3 computing course which he got a distinction in. This allowed Stanislav to progress onto Kings College London University, where now in his third year, he’s planning to be a software engineer.

Stanislav told us: “Without the teachers, I wouldn’t have passed the course and be where I am. I am so grateful.”

Last year Stanislav returned the favour to CONEL and returned to help coach students doing the course he studied while here.


The awards were then presented. Congratulations to all of our Graduates.

Graduate, Magdalena Siwek, who studied PGCE Level 7 teacher training last year, said “Tonight was really good. It was nice to have a ceremony just after we handed in our final work and see all of my class friends so happy. It was a blast.” 


Interim Principal Kurt Hintz said “Our Graduation Ceremony is one of my favourite nights of the year.

“It is an opportunity to celebrate all the hard work our students have put in and remind ourselves of the impact that education has on our lives.

“I’d like to congratulate all our graduating students for their fantastic achievements and wish them all the best in their future careers.”

If you want to be a CONEL graduate one day, your journey starts here: www.conel.ac.uk/courses APPLY NOW.

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