Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has recently attended the Paisley Graduation Ceremony at the University of the West of Scotland.
However, as well as attending the ceremony as part of his duty as the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, Gavin attended the ceremony to celebrate his dad graduating with a BA in Information Technology.
Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:
“This is the first graduation ceremony that I’ve been able to attend as the MP for the area and it was a pleasure to celebrate the occasion with all the UWS graduates.
“It was an enjoyable ceremony and I was particularly inspired with the speech given by Gareth Gaston – who was receiving an honorary award. His message to students around seizing opportunity is salient to all of us.
“The students have worked hard for this day and I congratulate them for achieving their success, and hope that managed to celebrate the occasion with their family and friends.
“This ceremony was particularly special for our family as my dad was graduating after a number of years of hard work and studying relentlessly. Like the other graduates we were able to celebrate this occasion as a family and are grateful to UWS for organising such a fantastic and memorable ceremony.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said:
“Graduation is the most important day in the University calendar and I was delighted to welcome Gavin Newlands to our ceremony at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church on Thursday 19 November. It was fantastic that he was able to attend the ceremony and celebrate the achievements of all our graduates including his dad, who I know Gavin is rightly very proud of.”