Louis le Brocquy and Mabel Swainson conferred with Honorary Doctorates 

DIT honours distinguished artist and musician for their contribution to the arts

Dublin, 20th November 2004          

In the third of its series of Graduation ceremonies, Dublin Institute of Technology conferred graduates of the Faculty of Applied Arts on Saturday.  The ceremonies took place in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin which was filled to capacity with graduates and their parents and friends.

During the ceremony, DIT also awarded Honorary Doctorates in Philosophy to two outstanding Irish individuals: 

Pictured at St. Partick's Cathedral, where The Dublin Institute of Technology presented Louis le Brocquy and Mabel Swainson with Honorary Doctorates in Philosophy during a Graduation Ceremony.

Louis le Brocquy, arguably Ireland's greatest living artist, was conferred with a Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa in recognition of his outstanding achievements as an artist and for the enormous contribution he has made to modern art in Ireland throughout his career.  An oration outlining his lifetime's achievements was read by Mr. John O'Connor, Head of the School of Art, Design and Printing in DIT.

The distinguished Irish musician, Mabel Swainson, is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of piano teaching in Ireland. Ms Swainson was conferred with a Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa in recognition of her contribution to music and particularly music education in Ireland.  Ms Brid Grant, Head of the Conservatory of Music and Drama, read the oration.

In his speech to the Assembly, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, said the Institute wished to acknowledge the enormous contribution Dr. le Brocquy and Dr. Swainson have made to society.  He said that they would be acknowledged as standard bearers for DIT students graduating at Saturday's ceremony who are now starting out on their own careers.

DIT's Faculty of Applied Arts is unique in Ireland in the range of disciplines it offers, from music and drama, to art and design, to social science and law, to media and journalism.

In all, over 4000 students will graduate from Dublin Institute of Technology this year.

Also conferred at the ceremony on Saturday was Romeo Nininahazwe, who was awarded a BA in International Business and Languages.  This was a great day of celebration for Romeo, who was adopted by the Dominican order in Newbridge following the extinction of his entire family during the genocide that took place in his native Burundi.  According to Dermot Campbell, one of his lecturers, "Romeo has overcome great personal trauma to arrive at this point, and to be conferred with this degree is an enormous triumph."

Picture: Romeo Nininahazwe, pictured with his uncle and Professor Brian Norton, DIT

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