Brian Kerr conferred with an Honorary Doctorate

Dublin, 11 November, 2005 Brian Kerr, former manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, was today (Saturday, 12th November, 2005) conferred with an Honorary Doctorate from Dublin Institute of Technology.

 


Brian Kerr, received an Honorary Degree for his outstanding contribution to sport

Kerr, a former graduate of DIT, was honoured by the Institute for hisoutstanding contribution to sport and was conferred with the award in front of hundreds of students and their families at the Institute?s Annual Faculty of Tourism and Food Graduation held in St Patrick?s Cathedral.

In his address to the Assembly, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, said that the Institute wished to acknowledge the enormous contribution that Brian Kerr has made to sport and society. According to Professor Norton; ?Brian Kerr has distinguished himself in the sporting world as a leader, motivator and champion of youth sport and by accepting this award today he also becomes a standard-bearer for DIT graduates who are now starting out on their own careers.?

A lover of all sports, Brian Kerr is the quintessential football man.  While studying to become a science laboratory technician in DIT Kevin Street, he played for the College and captained the Irish Colleges Team.   Before taking up sport professionally he dedicated his leisure time to developing young people?s love of the game and always showed an outstanding ability in developing young talent.  His success at underage competition remains unrivalled.

In selecting Kerr for the Award, DIT President, Professor Brian Norton said; ?Football management is notoriously insecure but the qualities that Brian Kerr brings to sport and sportsmanship are lasting and durable.  It is these qualities and values that we celebrate and in no sportsman are they better exemplified than in the career of Brian Kerr.?

The ceremony is the sixth annual conferring of honorary degrees by DIT. Nominations for the Institute?s honorary degrees can be submitted by any member of staff in DIT to the Honorary Degrees Committee.  A candidate may be conferred with an honorary degree on the basis of academic distinction; service to the community; service to business or industry; service to education; cultural, artistic or sporting achievement.

Previous recipients of Honorary Doctorates from Dublin Institute of Technology have included the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern; educationalist, Salters Sterling; football hero, Niall Quinn;  journalist and broadcaster, Marian Finucane; composer Bill Whelan; sports star, Sonia O?Sullivan;  Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson; the Former provost of Trinity College, Dr. Tom Mitchell; actor Pierce Brosnan and Irish entrepreneur Eddie Jordon.

In all, over 4,000 students will graduate from Dublin Institute of Technology this year.    Today?s Ceremony saw hundreds of students graduate from programmes as diverse as Hospitality Management, Environmental Health, Leisure Management and Food Science.

Conferring of Doctorate of Philosophy honoris causa on Brian Kerr -  leader, motivator and champion of youth sport - oration

  

 

Brian Kerr, received an Honorary Degree for his outstanding contribution to sport

Kerr, a former graduate of DIT, was honoured by the Institute for hisoutstanding contribution to sport and was conferred with the award in front of hundreds of students and their families at the Institute¿s Annual Faculty of Tourism and Food Graduation held in St Patrick¿s Cathedral.

In his address to the Assembly, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, said that the Institute wished to acknowledge the enormous contribution that Brian Kerr has made to sport and society. According to Professor Norton; ¿Brian Kerr has distinguished himself in the sporting world as a leader, motivator and champion of youth sport and by accepting this award today he also becomes a standard-bearer for DIT graduates who are now starting out on their own careers.¿

A lover of all sports, Brian Kerr is the quintessential football man.  While studying to become a science laboratory technician in DIT Kevin Street, he played for the College and captained the Irish Colleges Team.   Before taking up sport professionally he dedicated his leisure time to developing young people¿s love of the game and always showed an outstanding ability in developing young talent.  His success at underage competition remains unrivalled.

In selecting Kerr for the Award, DIT President, Professor Brian Norton said; ¿Football management is notoriously insecure but the qualities that Brian Kerr brings to sport and sportsmanship are lasting and durable.  It is these qualities and values that we celebrate and in no sportsman are they better exemplified than in the career of Brian Kerr.¿

The ceremony is the sixth annual conferring of honorary degrees by DIT. Nominations for the Institute¿s honorary degrees can be submitted by any member of staff in DIT to the Honorary Degrees Committee.  A candidate may be conferred with an honorary degree on the basis of academic distinction; service to the community; service to business or industry; service to education; cultural, artistic or sporting achievement.

Previous recipients of Honorary Doctorates from Dublin Institute of Technology have included the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern; educationalist, Salters Sterling; football hero, Niall Quinn;  journalist and broadcaster, Marian Finucane; composer Bill Whelan; sports star, Sonia O¿Sullivan;  Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson; the Former provost of Trinity College, Dr. Tom Mitchell; actor Pierce Brosnan and Irish entrepreneur Eddie Jordon.

In all, over 4,000 students will graduate from Dublin Institute of Technology this year.    Today¿s Ceremony saw hundreds of students graduate from programmes as diverse as Hospitality Management, Environmental Health, Leisure Management and Food Science.

Conferring of Doctorate of Philosophy honoris causa on Brian Kerr -  leader, motivator and champion of youth sport - oration

 

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