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Spring graduation celebrates success of students and colleagues

Posted: 26 February, 2015

The Spring graduation ceremonies took place on Saturday 21 February in St. Patrick's Cathedral, and included celebrations of success of both students and colleagues. At two ceremonies, more than 400 graduates were conferred, and fourteen PhDs were awarded.

Six DIT colleagues were conferred with the award of Honorary Professor at the ceremony.  This title is awarded ‘in recognition of academic achievement and authority demonstrated in accordance with the criteria established by Governing Body and confirmed by internal and external peer judgement.’  Congratulations to the recipients of this prestigious award as follows:

  • Dr. Brian Bowe
  • Dr. Joseph Coughlan
  • Dr. Mark Davis
  • Dr. Brian O’Neill
  • Dr. Yuliya Semenova
  • Dr. Pamela Sharkey Scott

It was also an opportunity to acknowledge some of our partners who work with us on the Students Learning with Communities programme and to present them with DIT Community Fellowship Awards.  The award is to acknowledge their collaboratin with us in the design and implementation of projects that allowed our students to put their academic learning into action and to make a contribution.  The recipients this year included:

  • Carol Byrne and Breda Murphy, St. Michael’s Youth Project Inchicore - a community based youth service, partners on a number of SLWC projects involving DIT interior and furniture, tourism, nutrition, and engineering students. 
  • Deirdre Malone, Irish Penal Reform Trust - Managing Director of IPRT, which campaigns for prisoners’ rights, partner on SLWC research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate level involving DIT Law students. 
  • Mary and John Coyne, Wells for Zoe – Founders of Wells for Zoe, a Malawi based charity- partners on a number of SLWC projects in Malawi, involving DIT computer science, manufacturing engineering, business, event management and visual communication students.
  • Niamh Farrell, AMEN - a voluntary group which provides a confidential helpline, a support and information service for male victims of domestic abuse, partners on a number of SLWC projects involving DIT visual communications, public relations and marketing students.