Youngsters graduate from Cornwall's Children's University at a ceremony at Tremough, Penryn
Youngsters from across Cornwall have graduated from a special university.
The Children's University Trust offers young people learning activities and experiences outside of school hours.
A ceremony took place at the Tremough campus in Penryn to present 50 children, some as young as six, with their certificates.
Lisa Neville, from Cornwall Learning which manages the university in the county, said: "It was such a special evening for all that took part."
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Children from schools and clubs in Helston, Penryn, Reruth, Camborne, St Austell, Penzance, Hayle, Marazion, Ludgvan, St Ives, Lostwithiel, Fowey and Bodmin, took part.
Student ambassadors from Falmouth University and the University of Exeter hosted the ceremony.
Ms Neville said: "Children's University wants to raise aspirations and holding our ceremony at a real university campus with support from role models, helps to create a positive, lasting impression of university life."
Every child earned silver or gold awards for hours spent at activities and clubs - they had to attend at least 65 hours.
Loren Trevorrow of Mounts Bay Academy received a gold degree for more than 400 hours.
She said: "It has given me confidence to do more extra curricular activities. I've met new friends and I've had so much fun.
"It's really helped my achievement and my school learning."
Children can take part in a wide range of activities, including sports, music, performing arts, ICT and creative arts.
The idea is to encourage them to try out different activities to help extend and enrich their learning.
Ms Neville said: "They have taken part in a huge range of activities including surf lifesaving, judo, girl guides, even angling.
"They love recognition for all the learning they do in their free time."
Dancers from the Saturday Club in Penryn entertained the audience of family and friends.
And there was a special message from Siberia, sent by polar explorer Antony Jinman, Plymouth University's explorer in residence.
He encouraged the youngsters to continue exploring their own interests and to aspire to achieve."