Conferring ceremonies for the Class of 2017Posted: 23 October, 2017
The first conferring ceremonies for the DIT Class of 2017 have taken place in the dramatic surroundings of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
On Saturday 14th of October, graduates of a wide range of programmes from the College of Sciences and Health were the first to be conferred, on a lovely mild autumn day that permitted lots of photos to be taken out of doors. Following the presentation of awards, from Higher Certificate to PhD, the graduates and their families were treated to a magnificent performance by sopranos Amy Ní Fhearraigh and Susie Gibbons accompanied by Clara Booth on Harp. Amy, Susie and Clara are all graduates or current students at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
The following Saturday, 21st October, graduates of programmes in the College of Engineering and Built Environment were not as lucky with the weather but made up for it in the enthusiastic applause for their classmates and their families. When the President, Professor Brian Norton invited them to show their appreciation to family and friends, lecturers and tutors who had supported them through their studies, they raised the roof of the 12th-century cathedral. However, the loudest applause was reserved for PhD recipient, Dr Christopher Cuttle – at the age of 80, he was identified as an outstanding example of lifelong learning. Dr Cuttle worked with his supervisor Dr Kevin Kelly through Skype and other electronic means but came from New Zealand to attend his graduation.
In his address to the graduates, Professor Norton encouraged them to continue to learn and to share their knowledge with others. “It is people like you – well educated, well qualified and well-motivated – who will drive Ireland forward,” he said.
Graduates from the College of Arts and Tourism will be conferred at ceremonies on 04 November, while the College of Business graduation ceremonies takes place on 18 November.