The 2017 Hibernia College Graduation took place Friday, 24 November, where President Seán M. Rowland, PhD conferred postgraduate degrees for 804 students. CEO David Carpenter led the academic procession of faculty and staff in regalia.
The day was a joyous celebration of student achievement, with the Convention Centre Dublin packed with over 2,000 supporting relatives and friends. Also in attendance was H.E. Soha Gendi Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. István Pálffy, Ambassador of Hungary and H.E. Lahcen Mahraoui, Ambassador of Morocco.
The crowd was addressed by keynote speaker Dr Mary Aiken, a recognised world leader in cyberpsychology. With a majority of students graduating with qualifications in teacher education, Dr Aiken underscored the significant role of teachers in advising children on interactions with social media and technology in general.
The INTO was represented by President John Boyle, who presented the INTO Vere Foster Medal for Outstanding Performance in School Experience to Aoife Bambury and Megan O’Reilly, both graduating with a Professional Master of Education in Primary Education. The following graduands were awarded the prestigious title Student of the Year: Anita-Jane Nolan, Brighid Walsh, Diarmaid O’Meara, Doreen Mary O’Connor-Cafferkey, Keith James Raymond and Matthew Caldwell.
In his address to graduands and guests, Dr Rowland highlighted the present demand for teachers in Ireland. He went on to say, “Those graduating today have a bright future with immense career opportunities ahead of them and I have no doubt that today’s newly qualified teachers will go on to teach and inspire future generations.”
On behalf of Hibernia College as a whole, we wish our newest alumni the very best success, and we look forward to hearing about their future accomplishments in the classroom and beyond.