AFTER completing its first year of being opened, the Emergency Medical College, the first of its kind in Pietermaritzburg, held its graduation on Friday.Specialising in basic, intermediate and advanced life support training the college awarded its students for excelling in the above mentioned courses. College Principal Seemole Mfeka said that all their graduates had already secured employment due to the demand for their skills in today’s working environment. “There is an increased need for people with higher skills and nowadays an ambulance must have at least one person in it that has an intermediate life support qualification,” said Mfeka. Mfeka added that the college was the first private college that runs and offers intermediate life support in Pietermaritzburg. The event was attended by a representative from the royal house in place of the queen who could not attend due to unforeseen circumstances, the Department of Health representatives and various medical associates.At the graduation, selected students who excelled at the top of their classes were praised and rewarded with Michael Bennett and Justin Konstantopoulos being awarded as the overall top achievers in the college.“The students gave us a plaque with all their names on it to commemorate their time with us at the end of the graduation and to thank us for all we had done for them,” said a proud and nostalgic Mfeka.