Clyde Marine Training cadet Dylan Pichlmayer-Coolahan has received The Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement in recognition of his achievements throughout his studies at City of Glasgow College.

The 23 year old from Stonehaven was one of over 3,000 students graduating at the ceremony held on Monday 23rd November to recognise the Class of 2020.

Before graduating with his HNC in Nautical Science, allowing him to pursue a career as a deck officer, Dylan attended Mackie Academy in Stonehaven and was an active member of the Sea Cadets from the age of 11.

Commenting on his award: “I was absolutely delighted to hear I was receiving this prize, which was a very good way to finish what has been a great three years of training. I have learned so many skills and I want to thank everyone at City of Glasgow College, Subsea 7 and Clyde Marine Training for the knowledge and skills they have passed on to me. Special mention also to my classmates who have been with me throughout.”

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, offered his own personal congratulations:

“I am always delighted to personally congratulate each and every student as we confer their qualifications. While our graduation ceremony this year was necessarily virtual, our pride in marking the culmination of learning enhanced, and of technical and professional skills mastered, remains very real.

“The prizes we award at graduation rightly recognise those individuals who excelled in their studies and who stood out as exemplary classmates and students. Dylan should be very proud of all his accomplishments and should hold his head high as a City of Glasgow College graduate”.

Clyde Marine Training General Manager, Thomas Campbell, also offered his own comments: “CMT are delighted to congratulate Dylan on achieving the Principles prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Throughout Dylan’s time as a cadet he has shown himself to be fully committed to his training, displaying the professional attitude all trainees should aspire to. Dylan is a credit to himself, his sponsors and the industry, and we would like to wish him every success in the future.”

The annual winter graduation was held online this year due to COVID restrictions, but featured a special message by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who congratulated the students:

“Getting to this stage in these circumstances, in any circumstances is a fantastic achievement and you should be very, very proud. Well done to each and every one of you. I wish all of you all the best for the future.”