East Didsbury student Abuzar Haq was the toast of Abbey College Manchester’s glittering Graduation Dinner after he was presented with the college’s Progress Award.
Abuzar, aged 19, of Glenmere Road, received the leading independent college’s honour, given to the students who have shown the most development over the time they have been at the college, from The Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Elaine Boyes on Tuesday at Players Restaurant in Hale Barns.
Abuzar, who is currently in his final year of studying for A-Levels in chemistry, biology and accounting, was recognised at the leading independent college’s awards which celebrate the achievements of the students who will be graduating this summer.
More than 115 people including students, parents, friends and staff from the college enjoyed a three-course meal and a speech by the Lord Mayor of Manchester who congratulated all the students on their achievements during their time at the college.
Abuzar, commented: “The dinner was fantastic way to bring the curtain down on what has been a thoroughly enjoyable year at the college for me.
“I’m truly honoured and proud to receive this award and would like say a big thank you to everyone in the college community for their support during my time here, from my friends to the staff and my family.
“The dinner was a wonderful night and I was delighted to meet the guest of honour, the Lord Mayor of Manchester.”
Abbey College Principal Liz Elam commented: “We hold our Graduation Dinner just before the final A-Level and International Foundation Programme examinations so it’s important for the students to sustain their hard work and commitment, and make one final push.
“These students are approaching the end of their time at Abbey College and just about to embark on a new education adventure at university so it is the perfect time to look back on their wonderful achievements here.
“These are young people who will take on board what they have been taught and go out and make as big a difference in society as possible in the future, so we’re extremely proud of them.
“”We were delighted that the Lord Mayor was able to join us to celebrate the success of the students and I’m positive Cllr Boyes’ words of encouragement and ambition will stay with the students for a long time.”
Abbey College is a leading independent college in the heart of Manchester, with a fast-growing and vibrant community.
There are around 215 students at the college, 75% of whom are from the local area with the remainder from other countries. Most students are undertaking A Level programmes with the remainder studying BTEC courses or GCSEs.