Ms Geraldine Kennedy, Irish Times Editor,
Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Dublin Institute of Technology

At a ceremony last Saturday in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Institute of Technology conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa, on Ms Geraldine Kennedy, Editor of the Irish Times, in recognition of her contribution to Irish journalism.

Ms Kennedy's conferral took place during DIT's annual Applied Arts graduation ceremony at which hundreds of students graduated from undergraduate and postgraduate courses in visual arts, media and languages. The first ever graduates from DIT's Masters in Public Affairs and Political Communication were also conferred at the ceremony.

Over the coming weeks DIT's annual graduation ceremonies will see almost 4,000 students graduate from higher certificate, degree, Masters and PhD programmes across the Institute's six faculties; Applied Arts, Built Environment, Business, Engineering, Science and Tourism and Food.

Each year DIT seeks to acknowledge the important contribution made to society by those who achieve distinction in their fields. According to Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, Ms Kennedy was being honoured for her outstanding contribution to Irish journalism and public life over the course of her career.

'Geraldine Kennedy is renowned now as the first woman to be appointed editor of a national newspaper in Ireland, but that success was built on a career characterised by many significant achievements. Throughout her career she has maintained a commitment to high standards in journalism and to its role in public life. As one of the first graduates of the full-time journalism course in what was then the College of Commerce, Rathmines, she is already an alumnus of DIT, by accepting this award today she confirms her position as a standard bearer for all our graduates', Professor Norton said.

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