A successful Essex based artist (Robert Priseman) jetted in from Poland and the former mayor of Ipswich (Roger Fern) came along to a celebration of the arts at One on 29th June.
The annual occasion puts student work in the spotlight during a fashion show and art exhibition.
15 prizes were also handed out to top performing students at an event that attracted hundreds of external visitors.
The artist - Mr Priseman - is known across the world and is off to China next week. He has had exhibitions on subjects ranging from fame to Francis Bacon and has made portraits of figures as diverse as Jeremy Paxman and the Dalai Lama.
During proceedings, he said, "It's an honour and privilege to be here. At the heart of it all, you (the students) are about to take your next step and that could be quite scary. But at the core of it all I would say be true to yourself. Treat people with dignity and respect and be open and honest. If you have integrity, it will help you go a long way."
He also chose his favourite piece of work and awarded Ellie Beard with a prize for her 'accomplished and honest' painting.
Other awards were given out in categories relating to fine art, foundation art, graphic communications, photography and textiles. General awards were distributed in categories named most promising student, most accomplished student, and a teacher's choice award was also handed out.
Former mayor of Ipswich, Roger Fern, said, "One has got some really talented students so I'm not surprised by the work I've seen. The work they have produced is fabulous and crosses a variety of genres. The picture of Ipswich is probably my favourite piece but there are others that I would cheerfully buy."
Director of curriculum, Jake Robson, said, "We have the luxury of working with very talented young people who are going to go on to some amazing destinations - so we are very proud that they chose to study with us."
Mr Robson also thanked his many colleagues for supporting this event along with Milsoms and Tesco who sponsored some of the awards.