WEXFORD CAMPUS GRADUATES HIT THE HIGH NOTES
Conferring of IT Carlow’s Wexford Campus Graduates at the Opera House
(Monday December 1st) - 250 graduates of IT Carlow’s Wexford Campus received their Bachelor and Master degrees at a ceremony in the National Opera House, Wexford, last Friday (Nov 28th ) attended by Minister of State at the Departments of An Taoiseach and Defence Paul Kehoe TD. Mayor of Wexford George Lawlor, Wexford County Council Chairman Malcolm Byrne and Wexford County Council Chief Executive Tom Enright were amongst the other distinguished guests in attendance.
In her conferring address to 700 attendees, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President of IT Carlow, congratulated all of the Wexford Campus Graduates, saying they had “earned the right to be proud and confident having overcome obstacles and made sacrifices to secure your awards”.
Dr. Mulcahy stated that IT Carlow is committed to securing a multi-campus Technological University for the southeast region. IT Carlow is the 2014 Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year and has a 2030 vision to be Ireland’s Leading Technology University. As part of this vision, Dr. Mulcahy gave special mention to the work of Wexford campus’ School of Art and Design and commended its Flowers, Kaleidoscopes and Viruses exhibition in the Emergency Department and Concourse of Wexford General Hospital.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Kehoe echoed Dr Mulcahy’s comments on the Technological University and spoke about Minister Jan O Sullivan’s appointment of Mr Michael Kelly to work towards delivering on the Government’s commitment to a Technological University for the south east. “Wexford Campus is hugely important to Co. Wexford. Almost 90% of those attending the Campus are from County Wexford. Many of these graduates secure employment in the county helping to grow the county economically, socially and culturally, said Minister Kehoe.
Commenting on the beautiful setting for the conferring, Dr. Mulcahy congratulated Wexford Opera House on securing the status of Ireland’s National Opera House. “This is wholly appropriate given that fact that Wexford Opera House is our country’s only custom-built opera house and a stunning internationally-renowned venue for the Arts”, said Dr. Mulcahy.
The conferring ceremony closed with an academic procession of the graduates and staff in their colourful robes and hats from the National Opera House through Cornmarket to Whites Hotel – a colourful sight to behold for passing shoppers!
For reference: Alma Feeley, Communications Officer, IT Carlow
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