The mission of the Hibernia College Alumni Association is to develop a personal and professional community for all of the graduates who pass, and have passed through the Hibernia network. We hope that our alumni will be able to foresee the benefits of maintaining the integral and inseparable connection they have with Hibernia. We want to create an Alumni Association that has a strong sense of mission in terms of teacher education for the benefit of young learners and one that will enhance current and prospective students’ teacher training experience in the future.
When we discussed the idea of an Alumni Association for Hibernia College, we really had to consider what kind of Alumni Association we want for the college. What we want to achieve in establishing the Alumni Association is a collaboration, a meeting of minds, between the staff, faculty and student body. We believe strongly that Hibernia alumni are best placed to collaborate with us. Our alumni reflect Hibernia College as leading the field in high quality initial teacher education, but of far more significance to us in the Alumni Association is supporting a healthy work-life balance in students’ lives, welcoming them into Hibernia and mentoring those students until they too graduate.
We hope that our students’ educational experience will be furnished with the support of classmates and friends, because it’s those kinds of supporting professional relationships that we very much want to explore and foster in Hibernia’s Alumni Association. So really, my point here is that we cannot underestimate the value of Hibernia graduates. While some of are still making that, sometimes difficult and stressful transition from student to working life, the vast majority of Hibernia graduates go on to become highly successful, effective working teachers. Hibernia also very much wants to showcase the successes, of not only Hibernia graduates, but of individuals who represent the forefront of teacher-based research.
One of the most attractive characteristics of a Hibernia graduate is that life experience, that diversity. We would like to invite graduates, and future graduates, to help us strengthen the Alumni Association into one that really does help students, build existing peer networks and promote an image of our profession that we are to be proud of. With the Hibernia College Alumni Association, staying connected to your fellow graduates has never been easier, nor so important.