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Newbold College of Higher Education celebrates graduates of 2020 and 2021

The event was delivered in a hybrid format on Sunday 11 July 2021

The academic year 2020-2021 was like no other, full of uncertainty and turbulence. Despite the various challenges, Newbold’s students remained committed to their studies, persevering with patience while the College pursued alternative avenues to deliver digital classes and virtual learning content to see the students through their programmes.

Sunday 11 July 2021 will always be remembered as staff and students came together in a hybrid format to celebrate their accomplishments. It was the first virtual Awards Ceremony in the College’s history, paying tribute to every individual’s remarkable academic and personal efforts in the face of adversity during the Covid-19 pandemic, and mark the last Awards Ceremony to feature programmes under the Department of Business and Humanities.

With special music conducted by Dr Sandra Rigby-Barrett, Dr John Baildam opened the ceremony with introductory remarks and thanks; Dr Emmanuel Osei, President of the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, addressed the graduating students; Newbold’s Academic Registrar, Serena Santona, presented the graduating students; whilst Dr Daniel Duda delivered a charge to the graduating students and offered a prayer of dedication. Representing the student body, Pilira Zapita provided the students’ response, and Chief Financial Officer Abigail Wright made an appeal to raise money for the Student Aid Fund before the benediction.


College Principal Dr John Baildam recalls how the ceremony made for a poignant end to a challenging year: ‘Not only have we been dealing with the pandemic since March last year, but over the past nine months we have been going through a challenging period of reorientation and restructuring. I am grateful to my academic colleagues for their contributions to ensuring that so many of our students this year are graduating with First Class Honours, Merits and Distinctions. I thank our graduates for their commitment and contribution to the College, and I look forward to a number of them returning to Newbold in September for the next stage of their academic journey.’

Most of the graduating students and academic staff managed to attend the Awards Ceremony on Zoom. They made great use of the chat box and video functions to cheer their peers on and wish each other every blessing for the road that lies ahead.

Once again, Newbold would like to congratulate all graduating students:


University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Biblical & Pastoral Studies:

Caroline Lacoma

Fitzroy Morris

Nicholas Okyere

Samuel Semakula


Graduate Diploma, Biblical & Pastoral Studies:

Gustav Nyajeri

Jairaj Kanakaraj

Marcial Hernandez Ramos

Marianne Thieme

Martynas Baltiejus

Michael Jayarathna

Philip De Rivaz

Simon-Levi Lie-Bakken

Sureen Rayavarapu

Thirza van den Broek


Master of Arts, Theology:

Adam Cserpan

Alma Hernandez

Andrew Cudjoe

Anne-May Muller

Anton Torstensson

Arne-Kristian Andersen

Arnoud van den Broek

Austin Blackburn

Choni Miguel

Christle-Caroline Jasinta

Clebson Braga

Desiree James

Divinia Reynolds

Emmanuel Acheampong

Emmanuel Asamoah

Filip Stojanovic

Freddy  Boutin

Godfred Asamoah

Hina Ahmed

Ida Hakkarainen

Kornel Fleisz

Krisztian Omboli

Leo Espana Reyes

Luca Zagara

Lydia Hamblin

Mantas Kucinskas

Matija Kovacevic

Miroslav Ostrovljanovic

Mohan Abbadasari

Naftal Zinyemba

Nicole Gooden

Paul Dhanaraj

Pilira Zapita

Qudon Stewart

Sergio de Sousa

Sofenna Lowe

Tajesh Puri

Thando Mlalazi

Troy Smith

Ville Suutarinen

Wezley Bishop

Wilfred Masih


Washington Adventist University

Washington Adventist University degrees are subject to verification of the satisfactory completion of all requirements by the Academic Records Office of that institution.


Bachelor of Science, Business Studies:

Ana Anton

David Keszeg

Lazar Acimic

Loveness Magai

Miriam Szoke

Paola Abramovic

Patrycja Niewolik

Predrag Salonski

Strahinja Tasic

Teodora Ostojic


Andrews University

Andrews University degrees are subject to verification of the satisfactory completion of all requirements by the Academic Records Office of that institution.


Bachelor of Arts, Humanities:

Naomi Grit


To watch the live-streamed Awards Ceremony event in full:

Please visit our dedicated webpage or visit the College Facebook page