LIMERICK Institute of Technology was a centre of celebration this week as over 1,700 graduates, their proud parents and friends descended on the Moylish campus for the annual conferring ceremonies.
In her conferring speech, LIT president Dr Maria Hinfelaar congratulated graduates on playing their part in bringing new employers and jobs to the region, as a direct result of the quality of skills LIT graduates have to offer.
Dr Hinfelaar highlighted that companies such as Regeneron, Optel Vision, Vistakon, Northern Trust, and Ethicon are not only creating direct employment in their own fields, but are also creating jobs indirectly in ancillary services which will benefit the community as a whole.
“We are in constant communication with these companies and were involved at an early stage when they were weighing up the pros and cons of coming here. We work closely with the IDA in that regard, and we know how crucial the provision of education, training and research is in the decision-making process. Obviously, the availability of suitable locations and whatever corporation tax arrangements is the business of others, but it is our role to talk to them about their skills needs and what LIT and yourselves as our graduates have to offer,” she said.
Dr Hinfelaar encouraged graduates to become active members of the LIT Alumni Association, noting some of their many influential graduates.
Alumni include former chief executive of the Kerry Group and chairman of the Mid-West Task force, Denis Brosnan; president and founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group in Silicon Valley, John Hartnett; BDO partner and incoming President of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Brian McEnery and many more including CEOs of multinational companies.
Dr Hinfelaar took the opportunity to share some of the many recent LIT success stories and achievements, and welcomed the new graduates as part of the success story at LIT.
“Today is a day where we all share in the celebrations of the achievements of our graduates. It is a day to be proud and to remember for the rest of your lives. You will have the parchment as the tangible proof of success at LIT, as well as the photos – whether they go up on the mantelpiece or on social media, or both. That parchment and those photos will be part of your CV and your identity as you enter the next chapter in your life, wherever that takes you,” she said.
LIT, she said, has also played a significant role in City of Culture, including offering 10 scholarships for postgraduate research students exploring different aspects of the future legacy of the project.
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