Graduation 2021

Our Graduation Ceremonies are truly the highlight of our year and in October we celebrated over 1000 Graduates success across three virtual ceremonies.

These virtual  ceremonies allowed eligible students to celebrate their achievements with their household, whilst hearing from our Principal & Chief Executive, Chair of the Board and Curriculum & Quality Leaders. As previous years we also presented our HMS Shipbuilding Award at the Clydebank Ceremony, and we saw a special thank you from our Student of the Year –  Debbie Scott, a Social Services Student from our Paisley Campus. In addition to this, over 60 Graduates were awarded Course Prizes, to which we thank our sponsors.

As a College, we are immensely proud of the links we have with employers across the region.  Our partners help shape our curriculum, keeping it up-to-date with the needs of modern industry, and they offer real-life work experiences to our students. To that end it gave us great pleasure to announce that Roddy Frew, Managing Director of James Frew Ltd was awarded a Fellowship at our last Virtual Ceremony of 2021.

The scale and breadth of the relationship between the James Frew Ltd and the College is vast, and it’s clear that Roddy’s personal commitment to the partnership has been integral to these developments.

It’s been an honour to congratulate our outstanding class of 2021 virtually.

Their success sends out a positive and encouraging message to all students currently studying for their qualification.

Our Graduation Ceremonies are available to watch below along with further details on how to order our special keepsake Graduation Supplements.

The Graduation Supplements will be available to purchase from local newsagents on the following dates. You can click on the campus to pre-order:


Privacy NoticeVirtual Graduation 2021

The Data Controller of the information being collected is:

West College Scotland, Clydebank Campus, Queens' Quay, Glasgow. G81 1BF
ICO Registration Number: ZA004894

For any queries or concerns about how your personal data is being processed you can contact the Data Protection Officer at:

This privacy statement relates to the following process:

Processing your personal data for the purposes of the virtual graduation ceremony, necessary this year due to the prevalence of COVID-19 and the associated restrictions on public events.

Your information will be used for the following purposes:

Your name, course and qualification gained will be published in the Newsquest Local Titles - Clydebank Post, Helensburgh Advertiser, Greenock Telegraph, Barrhead News, The Gazette - with your consent.

Our lawful basis for using the data is that you have given consent for the use. We will not publish your graduation details in the press, unless you agree to this.

The data being used does not include special category (sensitive) data.

If you were to withhold the personal information we require for this process, details of your graduation would not appear in the press, or in a graduation video; there would be no other consequences.  

Your data will be placed in the public domain, if you have given consent.
You can see YouTube’s privacy notice here (YouTube is owned by Google).

This process involves your data being sent outside of the European Union.

This is known as a restricted transfer. It means that your GDPR rights cannot be guaranteed in countries outside of the EEA, which may have different data protection laws, or none. As YouTube is available in many countries outside of the EEA, your data (name, course and qualification) may be accessed in any country which has access to YouTube. It is possible that your data may be downloaded and used in these countries, without your permission or knowledge. Your data is being published to offer students an ‘alternative’ graduation format, due to the circumstances of the current pandemic. Your ability to exercise your rights (as listed below) may be limited by this transfer.

The processing of your data does not involve automated decision making.

Your data will be retained for the following length of time:

Newspaper listings will form a permanent record of your graduation.
The YouTube virtual graduation video will be removed by June 2022.