Student and Staff Success celebrated at Autumn Graduation

DIT’s Autumn Graduations continue with the conferring of graduates from the College of Arts and Tourism

31 October, 2011: The 2011 series of graduation ceremonies continued last weekend with the conferring of over 1000 graduates from DIT’s College of Arts and Tourism.

The conferring of “the class of 2011” took place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in front of friends and family. A number of special guests were also in attendance including Dr. Eamonn Cashell, Dean of Graduate Studies in Cork Institute of Technology, Professor John Coolahan, Emeritus Professor NUI Maynooth, and Professor Kieran Hodnett, Dean of Science and Engineering in University of Limerick.

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Over 4,000 students will graduate from DIT this year. Today’s ceremony saw students graduate in areas that range from Languages, Hospitality Management, Tourism, Art Design and Printing, to Music, Drama, the Media, Social Science and Law.

As well as recognising the considerable achievements of all the students involved, the ceremony included the presentation of Student Excellence Awards to this years recipients including Mary-Anne Byrne, Kieran Hanrahan, Katherine Payne, Dervla Roche, Matthew Hanlon, and Laura Doran.

The ceremony also celebrated the conferral of a number of PhD awards on Drs. David Flynn, Colm Murphy, Seamus Rooney, Dan O’Neill, Pauline Rodriguez and Anna Marie Dillon.

In his address to the Assembly, Professor Brian Norton, DIT President paid tribute to the new graduates:

“This generation – represented by the graduates here today - is the most highly educated in our history and the future of this country will be shaped by people like you. Seated among you are the leaders, innovators and change-makers of the future”

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Professor Norton highlighted a number of recent student and staff success stories including:

  • Kieran Corcoran, DIT Lecturer was elected as President of the European League of Institutes of the Arts, a body with membership in 47 countries.
  • Senator Helene Conway, DIT Lecturer was elected as a member of the French Senate.
  • Dr. Brian O’Neill, head of the School of Media, who has been awarded a Fellowship for 2012 by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Student film projects have been selected for screening at national and international festivals – including Shellshock at the Foyle Film Festival with the possibility of an Oscar nomination;
  • Journalism students have been nominated for a Golden Spider award, for an innovative news website for primary schools, www.clic.ie , developed in collaboration with our Community Links programme.
  • The Public Relations Society of America has formally recognised the DIT MA in public relations this year: the only European programme to receive that recognition.

Professor Brian Norton also paid tribute to DIT’s industry partners for their sponsorship of student awards which is only a part of their ongoing support for our students and graduates.

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