City of Glasgow College is formally marking the graduation of 261 maritime officer cadets and ratings.

Students include Engineering Officers, Chief Mates/Masters, Deck Cadets and Officers of the Watch.

Class of 2020 graduated online with a website and commemorative brochure.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said: “This June, it is most unfortunate that social distancing rules prohibit us from coming together to mark this important milestone in our academic calendar.

"I will especially miss seeing the shared joy in the faces of family and friends and being able to personally congratulate each and every one of our students.

“However, what is vital is that they leave us with fresh talent, professionalism and finely honed skills.

"This is a time when much relies on future generations of skilled workers to help get us back on our feet, and those that graduate in this COVID-19 year and beyond are the future generations we now look to.”

SPD Marine Management student, Andrew Piper, who was awarded V-Ships Cadet of the Year for outstanding work and commitment throughout his cadetship, said: "I'm both surprised and thankful for winning this award.

"I've had many exciting opportunities during my cadetship with V-Ships at City of Glasgow College, and after three years of hard work I'm very grateful to be recognised for this.”

Mark Stagg, Dean for the Faculty of Nautical and STEM, added: “Our students leave to work in an industry now rightly recognised, in these challenging times, as essential in keeping vital supplies running.

"Without the Merchant Navy, 95 per cent of food and other goods would not reach ports or shops, both here and across the world."

“So, as well as being first class seafarers, our Class of 2020 are joining that elite band we now acknowledge as key workers.

"We wish the very best of futures to our graduands as they quite literally set sail on careers on board these ships and in the wider maritime sector.”

The 261 graduands have achieved Diplomas and Certificates in Marine Engineering, Marine Management, Maritime Studies and Nautical Science.