The ceremony was held in recognition of individuals who had completed their Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA) advanced stage and becoming fully qualified Chartered Accountants as well as individuals who received prizes for the professional and advanced stages of the ACA for high marks in exams. In total, there were 116 students as well as a number of guests.
The day started off with all students meeting across the road for food and drinks before all the guests being called to take their seats in the hall. The students were called out in alphabetical order to ensure all our names were in the right order for the ceremony. Students were then led into the hall and remained seated awaiting the ceremony to commence.
Robin Fieth who is the executive director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) gave the opening speech. Then the President of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants, Mike Ranson and the Chairman of One North East, Margaret Fay said a few words.
We were all called up to the front individually to receive our certificates and to get our photos taken. At the end of the ceremony there was also a group photo of all the students.
The only set back to the day was the poor weather meaning all outdoor photos which were planned had to be cancelled.
Overall, we both thoroughly enjoyed the day.