Huntly footballer Glenn Murison was among those graduating from North East Scotland College.
The midfielder, 21, was inspired to enrol on a mechanical engineering course alongside completing an apprenticeship.
He said: “I did day release at NESCol as well as working full-time, which meant I was able to learn the theory side and get hands-on experience at the same time.
“It’s been great to take the extra knowledge I learned at college into the workplace.
“As for the future, I want to keep progressing and hopefully see the world as part of my job.”