Dozens of north-east students will celebrate the culmination of years of hard work today when they graduate in Fraserburgh.
The annual ceremony will take place in the North East Scotland College campus in the town.
Graduates and guests will hear from principal Rob Warren as well as bio-technologist Dr Deborah O’Neil, founder of the global drugs manufacturer NovaBiotics.
The award-winning entrepreneur founded her business in 2004 and has since developed it into a world-leader.
Dr O’Neil is also a member of the Scottish Life Science Industry Leadership Group, and sits on the board of the Scottish
Government’s Scotland Can Do Innovation Forum.
In 2014, she won the Enterprise North East Trust entrepreneur of the year award, and was named Ernst and Young UK Healthcare Products and Services entrepreneur of the year.
College principal Mr Warren said: “The past year has seen many developments in the college.
“The most important of these has been a significant rise in student retention and attainment in 2015-16 – with more of those who come here as full-time students achieving the full award and moving on to positive destinations.
“Over 35% of school leavers in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire come to the college as full-time students as their first destination post school. This tells a very powerful story of how strong the reputation of the college is.”
Today’s graduates are from the schools of creative industries, computing and business enterprise and engineering, science and technology.
This morning’s graduation ceremony at the Henderson Road campus will commence at 10.30am.