Fifty two students from St Patrick’s College graduated recently - forty one from the B.A. in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies programme and eleven from the B.A. in Education, Irish and Religious Studies programme.
The ceremony was notable as this is the first year that Irish teachers graduated from the college. The conferring ceremony was a joyous occasion, enjoyed by the graduates, their families and friends, the academic staff who guided the graduates to their degrees, representatives of the university and the many others who contribute to life in the college.
Tipperary native and member of the college’s Board of Governors, John Lonergan, welcomed guests to the college. The degrees were awarded by Professor Don Barry, President of the University of Limerick.
President of St. Patrick’s College, Fr. Fogarty, encouraged the graduates to embrace their learning and to engage in lifelong learning and continuously strive to improve both academically and professionally. Acknowledging the hard work of the graduates in getting to this point Fr. Fogarty quoted the legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan, “some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen.” He urged the newly qualified teachers to strive to retain their energy and enthusiasm by firstly looking after themselves.
A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of two Awards for Professionalism to one graduate from each programme. These were presented to Ruth McCormack (Two Mile Borris, Thurles) and John Cullinane (Kilkenny).Additionally, two medals were presented in recognition of academic achievement. These were awarded to Shaun Bray (Kilkenny) and Pauric Hanlon (Longford). See photo below.