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Merlin star Colin Morgan honoured by college

By Kathryn Torney

Merlin star Colin Morgan will take centre stage in Belfast today when he joins 250 students graduating from Belfast Metropolitan College.

The higher education ceremony will be held at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

Almost 240 students from the college were honoured yesterday during the first ceremony for the college for 2010.

Colin Morgan is due to receive an award of distinction at today's ceremony for his contribution to the arts.

The Armagh man is best known for playing the title character in the BBC television series Merlin.

\[Emily Lea\]At the age of 16 he began training at Belfast Institute for a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts Acting. Having completed his course in 2004, he then went on to train at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, graduating in 2007.

Former Belfast Met student Claire Donnelly is conference and events manager at the Grand Opera House and has been ensuring that the graduation ceremonies go to plan.

She said: “Today is a very special day for me as I feel it has come around full circle.

“I remember how fantastic I felt when I was graduating from the College and the mixture of nerves and excitement that went with it.

“I feel really privileged to be playing such an important role in the organisation of the graduation ceremony, especially as it is the first of its kind for the Opera House.”

Speaking at yesterday's ceremony, the college's director and chief executive Marie-Thérèse McGivern said to the graduates: “The dedication and commitment you have shown is a credit to you all and the qualifications you have obtained today will give you a solid foundation on which to build your career and enhance your lifelong learning.

“I would like to congratulate all students on their academic achievements and wish you all every success in the future.”

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To see a full list of names for the students graduating today and yesterday, go to www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/grads

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