NEW graduate James Stringer has upheld a proud family tradition.
He has followed in the footsteps of his mother and two older brothers by gaining a degree from Huddersfield University.
James, 23, from Netherton, received his BA Hons in Computing and Business at a ceremony yesterday.
He became the fourth member of his family to graduate from the university.
In 2001, his mum Elizabeth gained her degree in healthcare studies, followed by a masters nurse practitioner in primary care qualification in 2004.
She studied for the masters part-time over three years and works as a nurse practitioner for Kirklees Primary Care Trust.
In 2002, her son John, 28, gained a BA Hons in Computing and Business. He now works in finance, as a trainee management accountant.
His younger brother Paul graduated with a BA Hons in Business Management from Huddersfield University in 2006. He worked briefly in sales before opting to join West Yorkshire Police in January.
Like all new recruits, he is currently studying for the police foundation degree – also at Huddersfield University.
James plans to seek a job in computing, possibly in the field of programming or design.
He said: “I chose to come here although I had a place at Leeds. It was partly because my family had been here but also the course was good and it’s in the area where I live.”
James said the best part of his four-year course was the placement year he spent working on computer systems for Kirklees Council’s building control department.