Graduation is a family affair

This year’s Edinburgh College Graduation ceremony was a family affair with four members of one family taking to the stage to celebrate their achievements.

HND Computer Networking student Sebastian Salmanis joined wife Claudia, sister Amalia and brother-in-law Adrian, as they donned their robes and stepped on stage at the Usher Hall to collect their scrolls.

The foursome, originally from Romania, undertook their studies at the college in the hope of improving their job prospects and progressing in their chosen careers.

Forty-three-year-old Sebastian, who lives in Tranent with wife Claudia, 45, and their 14-year-old son, completed his HND in Computer Networking along with brother-in-law Adrian Costin, 39. The pair are now continuing their studies with a Cyber Security and Forensics degree at Edinburgh Napier University.

Sebastian’s wife Claudia has gone on to study a degree in Psychology at Herriot-Watt University after completing her HNC course in Social Care at the college.

Thirty-eight-year-old Amalia Costin, Sebastian’s sister, lives in Musselburgh with husband Adrian and their eight-year-old daughter, and is now working in administration for a private company since finishing her HND Administration and Information Technology course.

Amalia and Adrian moved to Scotland in 2003, followed by Sebastian and Claudia in 2008 and are all now British citizens.

Sebastian said: “Studying at any stage in life is hard work and takes a lot of effort and determination. Over the past two years we, as a family, have all supported each other through our studies, whilst also working and looking after our children. Graduation is a culmination of all of our hard work and so to share it with each other is a really special moment for us.

“Without the support of the college and each other, we wouldn’t have achieved what we have – graduating as grade A students. We now hope to further our studies and careers through university degrees and work placements and are looking forward to what the future holds.”

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said: “Graduation is a wonderful celebration for all our students and to share the experience with family members makes it that extra bit special. To have four members of one family graduate on the same day is fantastic and I’d like to congratulate Sebastian, Claudia, Amalia and Adrian on their achievements. I’m pleased to hear they have found work in their chosen careers or are going on to study degree courses at university and I wish them the very best for the future as they progress in their studies and careers.”

This year Edinburgh College honoured around 730 students at its Graduation ceremony and welcomed 3,000 guests to join in the celebrations.