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Hibernia College Graduation 2021  

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On Friday, 25 February, the Hibernia College graduation ceremony took place at the Convention Centre Dublin. Academic Dean Dr Mary Kelly conferred postgraduate degrees on 910 graduands from the Professional Master of Education (PME) in Primary Education and Professional Master of Education (PME) in Post-Primary Education programmes. Graduates come from all 26 counties and represent the largest number of Hibernia College master’s-level graduates at one time.

Resilience and Relationships

Postponed from 2021 as a result of social distancing precautions, the School of Education conferring ceremony was the first time many graduates were able to meet face to face. The day was a joyous celebration of their achievement. In her address, Dr Mary Kelly mentioned some of the challenges the students had faced during these uncertain times, including interrupted school placements, online exams and online Gaeltacht. She commended graduates for their resilience and underscored how vital the support from families and school communities had been. She emphasised the importance of these connections, stating: ‘Human relationships are at the heart of teaching and learning — foster these relationships, value them.’

Congratulations, graduates!

We commend the outstanding achievement of all our graduates, and we wish the newest Hibernia College alumni great success. Dr Mary Kelly affirmed that these graduates ‘will make a valuable contribution to their chosen profession and to the students they teach.’ To graduates, she said: ‘You are just at the start of an incredibly rewarding career; I know that you all have the possibility to make a difference.’ We look forward to hearing about their future accomplishments in the classroom and beyond.

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