Ashley Bonnewell celebrated the culmination of six years’ study today (Monday, July 14), when he received his BA Hons in Humanities, with second-class honours, upper division (2:1), from Swansea University.
Ashely, aged 30, from Pontardulais, received his degree at a Congregation for the Department of Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) in the College of Arts and Humanities, held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.
Ashley – one of the first Part-time Humanities students to graduate from Pembrokeshire since DACE established the programme there in 2008 – began his studies in Psychology and Sociology at The Bloomfield Centre, Narberth.
“When I started the degree in 2008 I had reservations about being out of my depth, but these were soon put behind me as I found myself flourishing,” said Ashley.
“During this time I also met my future wife Stephanie and moved to Swansea. This meant that I attended the Phoenix Centre, Townhill to continue my studies. It was a convenient, local and friendly place to study.
“I found my chosen subjects to be enjoyable and enlightening, and I gained a wealth of knowledge and learnt a great deal that I plan to use to further a career in social work.”
In 2012, Ashley and Stephanie married and the arrival of sons Jordan and Logan made their family complete.
“With two young boys it was not easy at assignment time, but I knew it would be worth it in the end,” added Ashley.
“My wife Stephanie was very supportive and she is now studying the part-time degree too. She has just completed her first year at a community venue in Pontardulais.
“Doing the Part-time Degree has given me confidence and motivation to get a job that I really love doing! I’m looking forward to my graduation and also to my wife’s in six years’ time!”
Jane Elliott, Deputy Head of DACE, who taught Ashley Sociology in Narberth said: “I am delighted to hear of Ashley’s well deserved success; he was an excellent student – a pleasure to teach.”