Meet Sunderland University’s youngest graduates

Youngsters 'graduate' from St Mary's Childcare nursery.
Youngsters 'graduate' from St Mary's Childcare nursery.
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GRADUATION day has come early for these little smilers.

Children as young as three have graduated with honours from the University of Sunderland.

Youngsters 'graduate' from St Mary's Childcare nursery.

Youngsters 'graduate' from St Mary's Childcare nursery.

A special ceremony was held this week for the children at St Mary’s Childcare nursery to mark their final year.

The group of 24 children said goodbye as they wore traditional gowns and mortarboards for the event.

During the ceremony the children sang a song in French called Bonjour, showing off their knowledge of the foreign language. The finale of the event saw all the children receive a certificate and a teddy bear.

The nursery, based on the University’s City Campus, is a popular facility for students and staff. This is the sixth year it has held a graduation for the children who are starting primary school in September.

Youngsters 'graduate' from St Mary's Childcare nursery.

Youngsters 'graduate' from St Mary's Childcare nursery.

Susan Glendinning, Childcare Centre Manager, said: “Our children and staff have been planning the graduation ceremony for the last month during activity time within the nursery.

“Staff have brought in photographs of themselves graduating and have explained that the ceremony is a positive change which means the children are growing up and moving on.”

The awards were presented by caretakers Tracy Nicholson and Gail Fazakerley who work extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure the facilties are kept in good order for the young children.

Ms Nicholson said: “This whole event has a massive impact on the children. You can see the emotions shown when everyone is looking at them and singing in front of an audience. You can also see the pride shown on their parent’s faces as they watch on as their children receive their certificates.”