DIT’s spring graduation – a celebration of student and staff achievements

22nd February, 2010

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The spring sun shone down over Dublin Institute of Technology on February 20th, aptly reflecting the celebratory mood as the final graduation of 'the class of 2009' took place in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

This was the fourteenth and final graduation ceremony for the class of 2009 and it brought together graduates from a range of disciplines. From International Selling to Community and Local Development; from molecular pathology to international journalism and from Electrical Services and Energy Management to Criminology the graduates not only represented many fields of study, but together they provided a snapshot of the scale and scope of provision of DIT.

The ceremony witnessed a number of firsts for the Institute including the graduation of the first ever cohort of students from the Masters in Spatial Information Management, as well as the MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach – the MA in Applied Irish. This 2-year part-time programme was developed as a direct response to a call for greater numbers of graduates with specific Irish language skills. Also graduating were students from a number of programmes unique in Ireland and to DIT including the BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and the MSc in Sustainable Development.

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An chéad ghrúpa de mhic léinn chun MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach
a bhaint amach in Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Átha Cliath (ITBÁC),
ina measc Íte Ní Chionnaith, Léachtóir i Scoil na Meán, ITBÁC
ar Lá Bronnta na nGradam, 20 Feabhra 2010.

The first cohort of students to receive an MA in Applied Irish
from the Dublin Institute of Technology, including Ité Ní Chionnaith,
Lecturer in the School of Media, DIT
on Graduation Day, 20th February 2010.

Higher learning was definitely on the agenda of the graduation which saw 14 graduates collect PhD degrees and 3 receive MPhil Awards. There was also an international flavour to the celebrations especially with graduates of programmes like the Master of Arts in International Journalism, the Postgraduate Diploma in International Selling and the European MSc in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition. A number of graduates came from other countries and cultures to study at DIT. Indeed 17 graduates from the Bachelor of Technology in Engineering Laboratory Technology were from Oman.

As well as recognising the considerable achievements of all of the students involved, the ceremony also brought to the fore a number of significant accomplishments by DIT Staff. First of all, Tommy Cooke, Head of DIT's Community Links Programme was awarded the title of Professor. This title is awarded to colleagues whose academic achievements have been judged, by their peers, as being of the highest international standard. In conferring the Award, Prof. Brian Norton, DIT President said: “While the award of professorship is a personal tribute to the achievements of the individual, it also enhances the reputation of the excellent work carried out in DIT, whether that is in teaching, research, or – as in the case of Professor Cooke – in leading the way in developing innovative routes to extend the mission of education to the widest reaches of our communities and society”.

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Dr. Tommy Cooke, with Ms Brid Grant, Professor Ellen Hazelkorn
and Professor Michael Devereux, before his conferring
with the title honorary Professor

The graduation also saw a number of staff members attend the ceremony as graduates themselves including Grainne Burke from DIT’s Access Service and Ité Ní Chionnaith who graduated from DIT’s Faculty of Applied Arts, Michael O’Hehir, Noel Masterson, Alan Harrison and Edmund Nevin from the Faculty of Engineering and Kathy Keogh from the Faculty of Science.

Finally, Prof. Brian Norton, DIT President acknowledged the fact that this would be the last graduation which Dr. Frank McMahon would attend in his capacity as Director of Academic Affairs in DIT. Dr. McMahon will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Brian Norton said: “Over the last thirty years, Dr. McMahon has played a very significant role in the development of DIT, and particularly in the establishment of the Quality Assurance mechanisms that underpin the Awards conferred here today. On behalf of colleagues, graduates and students past and present, I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for his wisdom and support over so many years”.

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On behalf of the staff and students of the Faculty of Applied Arts, Professor Norton
presented a piece of student artwork to Dr. Frank McMahon,
Director of Academic Affairs in recognition of his
contribution to DIT and to the Faculty.

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Four of the fourteen graduates conferred with the Award of PhD
at the graduation ceremony –
Dr. Manus Kennedy, Dr. Niall Stobie,
Dr. Rajath Padinchare Covilakath and Dr. Nicola Cogan.

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Academic cohort attending the ceremony


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