Graduates celebrate at DkIT

A total of 1,368 graduates were conferred with awards ranging from Higher Certificate to PhD across two days of ceremonies at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT).
Amongst the graduates, a total of 38 Postgraduate awards were conferred, including four PhDs and one Master of Research in the School of Informatics & Creative Arts, along with two PhD’s in the School of Health and Science. This brings the total number of DkIT graduates with research qualifications to date to 97, including 37 PhD graduates.
This year DkIT celebrated the first PhD graduates of the DkIT-DCU Graduate School which was established in September 2014. It was created to ensure the enhancement of the structured PhD provision in the Institute whilst sustaining current and emerging research collaborations between both colleges. President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith was in attendance and officiated the Conferring and the presentation of DCU Awards alongside, DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD.
Six ceremonies took place over the two days across the four Schools of Business & Humanites, Engineering, Health & Science and Informatics & Creative arts. Graduates from across the North Leinster-South Ulster region attended the ceremonies alongside their families, partners and friends. During his address, Michael Mulvey highlighted that graduation is a celebration of great importance.
He thanked the graduates for their valuable contribution to the Institute and its continued progression and growth. In his closing statement, Michael Mulvey spoke with pride about the huge community of graduates at DkIT that live, work and have enterprises in this region. He also spoke about the robust global network of DkIT graduates and he invited new graduates to join the DkIT Alumni Network which has been established this year (www.dkit.ie/alumni).
Fifty-eight graduates from across the four Academic Schools received President’s Awards in recognition of academic excellence in specific programmes. These included three sponsored awards:
Intel Women in Technology Award 2018 – Ixora Chuah, Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Systems.
Veterinary Council of Ireland, Veterinary Nursing Graduate of the Year Award 2018 – Laura Mullen, Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing.
Failte Ireland Prizes 2018 – Glen McCourt, Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts; Shauna Mahon Parkinson, Higher Certificate in Arts in Hospitality Studies.

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