MIC Graduation 2018: Laura Daly of Tralee, Sarah Coen of Tower Cork, Shaunagh Dunlea of Carrig Na Bhfear Cork, Nicole Brophy of Ballyragget Kilkenny, Aideen Buckley of Millstreet Cork, Christine Copley of Blarney Cork and Aoibheann Dennehy of Rylane Cork after graduating with a BEd (Primary Teaching) from Mary Immaculate College. Picture: Brian Arthur.
MIC Graduation 2018: Over 1900 students graduate this year
The Liam McCarthy Cup enjoyed great company this week as he joined more than 1,900 graduates from across the globe presented with academic degrees and other awards at MIC’s three-day conferring ceremonies.
Among those being honoured this year with an Award for Outstanding Achievement were the Limerick hurling legends Cian Lynch, who graduated with a BA in Geography and Theology & Religious Studies, and Aaron Gillane, current liberal arts student, both of whom were members of the All-Ireland winning Limerick Senior Hurling Team 2018.
Not to be outshone by the men Roisín Upton, current PME (Primary Teaching) student was also presented with an Award for Outstanding Achievement. Róisín, from Raheen, Limerick, played a part in Irish sporting history as a member of the Ireland Women’s Senior Hockey Team who took home silver in the 2018 Hockey World Cup final in London in August.
The awards for Limerick women didn’t stop there as Kelly Ryan, from Lisnagry, Co. Limerick was awarded the College Gold Medal for achieving first place in the BEd in Education and Psychology programme (Primary Teaching with Psychology), presented by Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC. Kelly was also the recipient of the Duais Carlisle Agus Blake Award, presented by the Department of Education & Skills to the graduate who was awarded first place in Education, Theory and Practice and the Bonn Vere Foster Award, presented by the INTO to the graduate who was awarded first place in Teaching Practice.
Also from Limerick was Rebecca O’Grady, from Adare, was awarded the College Gold Medal for achieving first place in the BA in Liberal Arts.
Proving it’s never too late to learn was Dr. Derek Mulcahy from Mungret, Co. Limerick, who was one of 12 graduates to be awarded a doctorate award. Dr. Mulcahy returned to College as a mature student in 2011 when he completed the Foundation Certificate for Mature Learners. Following this, he completed a BA in History and English before successfully undertaking a Ph.D. in History.
Speaking at the event Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick and Chairman of An tÚdarás Rialaithe, MIC said “There is a joy in the air here in Limerick today that lifts us all. Today is a day of hopes and dreams for all our Graduates, the fulfillment of hopes that brought them here and the dreams in their heart for the future. So I congratulate you and I also want to thank you, Graduates of 2018, for giving us this gift of celebration and joy today.”
Congratulating the Class of 2018 and their families Professor Wall, President of MIC, said: “Behind every graduate there are always other people to be found: dedicated mothers, fathers, grandparents, spouses or partners, relatives or friends, who have also been part of the journey – that culminates in this ceremony, from major sacrifice of financial support at the one end – to the kindly provision of advice in the bleaker times on the other. We express our gratitude to you.”
Addressing the teaching graduates Prof. Wall added that “good teaching is not just about instructing, it’s not just about academic development – it’s also about inspiring, and motivating, and developing relationship skills, and caring, and promoting wellbeing! Excellent teaching comes from the heart. It is found in the commitment, the caring, and the compassion that wells up from the inner humanity of the teacher. As a College, we are proud and deeply admiring of the personal calibre of the students who chose to prepare for careers in teaching and who, year after year, entrust the formative years of their future to us.”
Bringing the three-day ceremonies to a close Professor Wall offered the following advice: “Our lives don’t (and shouldn’t) unfold in a directionless way. Pathfinding your way through the thickets of life requires a destination and a map. Believe in yourself, believe in your capacity to shape your own life, and believe in your ability to make a difference in the lives of others.”
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MIC Graduation 2018
MIC Graduation 2018