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HAVERING College has joined celebrations marking an awards day at William Booth College.

William Booth College at Denmark Hill in London is a Salvation Army educational facility which provides distance and on-site learning for Salvation Army cadets, officers, lay employees and volunteers.

Its School for In-Service Training and Development (SISTAD) offers Salvation Army officers and employees a wide variety of courses and skill-enhancing programmes.

The annual SISTAD Awards Day at William Booth College on Wednesday 26th November acknowledged and celebrated a wide range of achievements from Open Learning courses successfully completed, through all stages of Higher Education, to a Doctorate in Medicine and Health Sciences.

Resplendently dressed in cap and gowns were the latest graduands from the Pastoral Care with Psychology Degree, taught in partnership with Havering College of Further and Higher Education, and accredited by the Open University.

In total over 70 awards were acknowledged, with special guests Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams in attendance to congratulate and meet the students.

The Territorial Commander gave the address and the Principal of Havering College, Maria Thompson, with representative staff from the College, were warmly thanked for their contribution to the learning of Salvation Army officers through the degree course.

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Maria Thompson said: "I was delighted to share in this joint celebration with William Booth College in paying tribute to the Salvation Army officers who graduated with a BA Honours or BA degree in Pastoral Care with Psychology.

"Havering College is proud to be a close educational partner of The Salvation Army, supporting this valuable organisation in the professional development of its officers who on a daily basis confront injustice, poverty and suffering through their work with vulnerable and marginalised people.

"As a college we are passionate about serving our communities by delivering high quality further and higher education. We share with The Salvation Army the common ideals of widening participation, reaching out into communities and addressing social exclusion."

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