Dublin Institute of Technology held the final graduation ceremony for the class of 2005 on Saturday 03 December.  Almost 700 graduates of the Faculty of Engineering were conferred at the ceremony which took place as usual in the magnificent surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral.  The graduates and their families then returned to the Aungier Street campus for a reception afterwards.

At the ceremony an Honorary Doctorate was conferred on Professor Gerry Byrne, Dean of Engineering at UCD and himself a graduate and former lecturer in DIT's Faculty of Engineering.  Professor Byrne started his studies as an apprentice and went on to do his primary degree in DIT Bolton Street where he then taught.  He subsequently did his PhD in Germany where he was honoured with life membership of the German Institute of Engineers.  Now Dean of Engineering at UCD, he was honoured for his enormous contribution to engineering in Ireland.

This year a total of 4000 students graduated from DIT's six faculties.  To accommodate the large numbers, twelve ceremonies were held at the Cathedral between October and December.  DIT President Professor Brian Norton and Director of Academic Affairs, Professor Frank McMahon congratulated each student individually, and the President addressed each assembly.

Professor Norton said "The graduation ceremonies provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success of our students and to showcase DIT to their families and friends. They are probably the most important event in the calendar, and they work as well as they do because of an enormous team effort. I would like to thank all my colleagues for making the 2005 ceremonies a great success."

Conferring of Honorary Doctorates

Each year DIT seeks to acknowledge the important contribution made to society by those who achieve distinction in the arts and sciences; in business and the professions; and in scholarly, cultural and sporting activities. Nominations for this honour come from colleagues across DIT, and these are considered by the Honorary Degrees Committee. The recipients are conferred during the graduation ceremony of the Faculty with which their role is most closely associated.

This year, DIT was delighted to confer Honorary Doctorates on the following people " by clicking on each name you can see the oration read in their honour at the conferring ceremony:

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