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Llongyfarchiadau #RWCMDClass2021

9 July 2021

Llongyfarchiadau and congratulations to all of our wonderfully talented students graduating today!

This academic year could certainly win awards for being the most challenging yet. But in true RWCMD style our College community has come together to continue creating performance in all its different and inspiring ways *.

We may not be able to have the traditional graduation ceremony this year but we look forward to welcoming our latest grads back some time next year to celebrate together.

As our outgoing Students’ Union President Nia Thomas says, ‘Graduation isn’t defined by a cap or a grade on a piece of paper, it’s defined by your determination and courage.’


Our Principal Helena Gaunt sends her congratulations to our newest colleagues:

‘Llongyfarchiadau mawr to everyone for everything that’s been achieved through this extraordinary year’



And a particularly huge diolch o galon, and farewell to our SU President Nia who has played such a vital large part in ensuring our students’ wellbeing throughout this difficult time over her two year tenure.


Helena introduces Nia to our President HRH The Prince of Wales on his visit to the College this week


Here’s her message to our new grads:

‘A huge congratulations to RWCMD Class of 2021! No one could’ve predicted everything we’ve been through with the pandemic this year, and I know that, for the majority, this year has been incredibly tough. This year we’re not able to have the graduation you deserve, but I know we’re going to make up for it when we can.

Graduation isn’t defined by a cap or a grade on a piece of paper, it’s defined by your determination and courage. College life is tough during normal times, and to have the resilience to get through your degrees during a global pandemic…well, that’s something to be proud of in itself.

We are the next generation of designers, musicians, composers, actors, singers, arts managers, stage managers, conductors and performers. Let’s use this opportunity to go out there, make an impact and change the industry for the better.

Llongyfarchiadau Royal Welshers!’


We all join with Nia in wishing our latest graduates the very best of luck for the future and we can’t wait to hear your news.

Keep in touch and don’t forget to join the alumni association for free here.

The featured image shows Musical Theatre student Chris Curlett in our most recent Musical Theatre Showcase.


* The College has been able to continue creating work during the pandemic due to our professional training status in Wales and a range of special Covid safety adaptions. You can read more about some of the things our students have been up to this year on our blog:

Designing and Stage Managing NEW ’21

RWCMD Schools Opera: Creative Collaboration

RWCMD Strings: A Term of Masterclasses & Performance

Getting Back to Performance: A New Way of Working Together