Three students from tiny island graduate with first class degrees

Three students from one of the world’s smallest islands graduated from the University of Portsmouth with first class degrees last week.

Graduates Kyle Shoesmith, Jordan Clingham and David Clarke are from St Helena – a small volcanic island with a population of around 4,500 people in the Atlantic Ocean.

The British Overseas Territory is only 10 miles long and 5 miles wide and is over 2,500 miles from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and 1,210 miles from the mouth of Cunene River in Namibia.

Kyle wearing his graduation robes smiling for a photograph outside University House

Kyle graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering, and will soon return to St Helena where he will be employed by St Helena Government as a Graduate Engineer.

Jordan smiling on the day of his graduation wearing his robes and holding a drink

Jordan graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Computer Engineering. View the Facebook post.

David smiling wearing his graduation robes and cap

David graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, and will return to St Helena to become a teacher at the island’s secondary school.

The island also has three primary schools but no tertiary education, with scholarships offered for students to study at a university abroad.

St Helena's most famous resident was Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled there in 1815 after the Battle of Waterloo until his death in 1821.

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