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Ness Bridge to be lit up in support of 2020 graduates

By Louise Glen

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Highlands and Islands Students Assocation President Florence Jansen.
Highlands and Islands Students Assocation President Florence Jansen.

Highland Council is lighting up Ness Bridge today as a special "event" for students who will not have a graduation ceremony due to Covid–19 restrictions.

The ‘Shout for Students’ campaign, run by the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA), recognises the importance of graduations, acknowledging the hard work and dedication students have shown throughout the pandemic to complete their coursework.

HISA representatives are encouraging the public to show solidarity and celebrate students all day today by sharing pictures from personal celebrations, wearing the HISA colours of pink and blue, or uploading images of themselves with a #ShoutForStudents hashtag.

HISA president Florence Jansen said: "I’m so pleased that the Highland Council have shown their support for our graduates, by lighting up the Ness Bridge in honour of Shout for Students.

"Graduations are a major milestone for many and, although we’re currently unable to provide physical ceremonies, we hope this digital campaign shows our appreciation of our students' hard work throughout this time.

“I look forward to seeing images of our students at home celebrations across the summer, and wish everyone leaving the University of the Highlands and Islands the best of luck for their futures.”

Leader of Highland Council, Margaret Davidson, said: “It’s good to see that we can acknowledge the position of students who will be missing their graduation ceremony this year. Lighting the Ness Bridge is a lovely, visible sign of support.”

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