THE inaugural University Courses Burnley graduation ceremony was observed by scores of people.

University leaders, civic dignitaries, graduates and their families processed through the centre of town before the ceremony at Burnley Mechanics.

The university courses are ran at Burnley College.

Emma Hurst, dean of university education at University Courses Burnley, said: "Graduation day is a day of huge pride for our ambitious new graduates and marks a milestone in their live.

"It is the culmination of years of study and commitment and is the start of a whole new chapter for them as they launch successful careers and become future leaders with the drive and innovation to shape their chosen sectors.

“This year we were proud to celebrate the achievements of our Class of 2019 at University Courses Burnley with our new university partners, Buckinghamshire New University and the University of Bolton, who join the University of Central Lancashire in accrediting degree-level courses taught by industry-expert Lecturers in Burnley."