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Easter Ross chef has right ingredients for success at city college's online prizegiving

By Hector MacKenzie

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Tara Docherty at the prizegiving.
Tara Docherty at the prizegiving.

AN aspiring Easter Ross chef had the recipe for success at a city college's annual prizegiving.

Tara Docherty received the principal's prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement in recognition of all her accomplishments during her studies at City of Glasgow College.

The 31-year-old, who grew up in Evanton, was one of over 3000 students graduating as Class of 2020 from Scotland’s flagship college.

Ms Docherty, a former Invergordon Academy pupil, graduated with an HND in Professional Cookery.

Tara Docherty shucking oysters.
Tara Docherty shucking oysters.

She said: "It was a big surprise to hear I had won an award. I have learned a great deal during my studies at City of Glasgow College and I am delighted to have all the effort I put into my coursework over the last two years recognised in such a way.

"I have hugely enjoyed my experiences at the college. This is a great way to end my time here and I’d like to thank everyone for their time and support.”

The annual winter graduation was held online and featured a special message by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. She said: "Getting to this stage in these circumstances, in any circumstances is a fantastic achievement and you should be very, very proud. Well done to each and every one of you. I wish all of you all the best for the future.”

Paul Little, principal and chief executive at City of Glasgow College, added: “I am always delighted to personally congratulate each and every student as we confer their qualifications.

"While our graduation ceremony this year was necessarily virtual, our pride in marking the culmination of learning enhanced, and of technical and professional skills mastered, remains very real.

“The prizes we award at graduation rightly recognise those individuals who excelled in their studies and who stood out as exemplary classmates and students. Tara should be very proud of all her achievements and should hold her head high as a City of Glasgow College graduate”.

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