Graduation Ceremonies 2009

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Honorary Doctorate Professor Luke Clancy with Professor Brian Norton
outside St. Patrick's Cathedral

17 October 2009

The first DIT graduation ceremonies for the class of 2009 took place today in St. Patrick?s Cathedral, when more than 800 graduates of the sciences and the built environment were conferred. First to receive his parchment, at the morning ceremony for the Faculty of Science, was Professor Luke Clancy who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by DIT in recognition of the contribution he has made to Irish society as a medical practitioner, a ground-breaking researcher and an ardent campaigner for change. According to the citation delivered by Professor Michael Devereux, Director and Dean of the Faculty of Science, ? Luke Clancy has helped save many lives as a physician, but his advocacy and campaigning on the air pollution issues and passive smoking has saved many thousands of lives around the world and also improved the quality of countless thousands of others. Luke Clancy continues to pursue his work relentlessly and we can be confident that he will be making major impacts for many years to come. Today we honour Professor Luke Clancy for his outstanding contribution to the environmental health and quality of life of our nation and populations across the globe and we acknowledge him as a standard bearer for graduates here who are starting out on their own careers.?

Also honoured were four members of DIT Faculty of Science who were conferred with the title of Honorary Professor in DIT. This title recognises academic achievement in DIT, judged by academic peers internally and externally to be of the highest international standard. It was awarded to Professors Hugh Byrne, John Cassidy, Pat Goodman and Vincent Toal for their work in their respective fields.

In the second ceremony, which took place in the afternoon, some 400 graduates of the Faculty of Built Environment were conferred with their awards. At this ceremony, the title of Honorary Professor in DIT was awarded to Professor John Ratcliffe, retiring Director and Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment. In his address to the Assembly, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton paid tribute to Professor Ratcliffe, who has been Dean of the Faculty for the last thirteen years. Professor Norton said ?During that time he has built on the strong reputation that the name ?Bolton Street? enjoys across the disciplines of architecture, quantity surveying, real estate economics and construction management. Next year will mark the centenary of the founding of the college in Bolton Street and we will celebrate the achievements of many generations of graduates and lecturers who have been part of its great tradition. Professor Ratcliffe has ensured that the tradition has been honoured by the continuous enhancement of the Built Environment programmes offered in DIT. He has worked with colleagues to further develop those strengths for which we are well known; he has added very significant new expertise through his work in the critical area of sustainable development of city regions; and he has become world-renowned in the study of futures.?

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