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Jimmy Nesbitt set to take centre stage Belfast college’s ceremony

By Kathryn Torney

ActorJames Nesbitt will today join hundreds of students from Belfast Metropolitan College when he is presented with an award at one of its graduation ceremonies.

The famous Broughshane-born star of Murphy’s Law and Cold Feet will take to the stage at Spires Conference Centre in Belfast later today to be presented with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to drama.

James is one of Northern Ireland's best known television actors and has also appeared in 21 films including Bloody Sunday, for which he won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards.

This is the second day of the college's annual three-day graduation programme, with today's graduands having successfully completed higher level courses from within Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism; Technology; and Continuing Education.

Twenty lecturers from Belfast Met who successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education will receive awards. They were assisted by the College's employee development service.

Dr Raymond Mullan, interim Director at Belfast Metropolitan College, will say: “Congratulations to all who are graduating today. Your academic success is the result of many hours of dedication, commitment and hard work.

“One of the lessons I hope that you have learned whilst at Belfast Metropolitan College is that it is never too late to be what you might have been and that education and training is the key to a satisfying career and a good standard of living.

“The college is available to help shape your future and we can help to satisfy your thirst for learning. Congratulations to you all on your fine achievements.”

Dr Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council is today’s guest speaker.

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