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Posted 29.11.16

In Pictures: Graduation 2016

By Maxine Aylett

Congratulations to our class of 2016! We celebrated years of hard work and creativity on Sunday 27 November at our 2016 Graduation ceremony, hosted at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

November saw our students graduate across a spectrum of creative degrees, spurred on by inspiring speeches from our Honorary Fellows, Principal Professor Andrew Brewerton, Chair of the Board of Governors Ivan Sidgreaves and Student Union President Steph Martin. 

Every year we award Honorary Fellowships to recognise exceptional achievement in arts and culture, and to commend those who’ve been a catalyst for significant social change.

"You are the people who will lead the way for this country, and indeed I think the world." —  Sir John Sorrell CBE

This year we awarded a joint Honorary Fellowship to Sir John Sorrell CBE and Lady Frances Sorrell OBE, for their outstanding contribution to the UK design industries and their work through the Sorrell Foundation.

A second Honorary Fellowship went to Katie Greenyer, Creative Director of Pentland Brands – the fashion group whose labels range from Red or Dead to Speedo, Berghaus and Ellesse – for extraordinary achievement in the field of fashion design, and her passionate advocacy for young people in the creative industries.

Addressing graduates in his ceremony speech, Sir John Sorrell CBE said: 

"First of all, thank you to Plymouth College of Art for this great honour and I really mean that, because this is one of the best art schools in the world. There is no question of that. This art school sets the bar for other people to follow."


"People look at Plymouth to see what Plymouth is doing, because you are one of the main leaders of the way and Andrew Brewerton, if I may say so, is one of the great leaders of art and design education in this country."

"The second thing I want to say is congratulations to you. All of those who today have finished the beginning of what I hope is a long creative journey. You’re about to go into the UK’s creative industries, industries that deliver over £84 billion to the UK’s economy. They employ over 2 million people and are the fastest growing sector in the United Kingdom."

"This is one of the best art schools in the sets the bar for other people to follow." — Sir John Sorrell CBE

"I always say that creativity doesn’t recognise boundaries or barriers. You are the people who will lead the way for this country, and indeed I think the world, in thinking about how to solve some of the problems we all face. So huge congratulations to you today and I hope that you enjoy it."

Good luck to our graduating class of 2016, we wish you all the best in your creative future! 

Keep us posted…
We'd love to hear about your creative and professional successes after graduation, so let us know about any exciting new projects or opportunities you’ve got planned – you can email us at

See the full album of Graduation photos (and tag your friends!) on Facebook. 

Download your copy of our film capturing the entire ceremony.

Photography by Dom Moore