Hats off – new crop of graduates emerge from Mary Immaculate College

Farewell to 1,000 students at ceremonies

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

Hats off – new crop of graduates emerge from Mary Immaculate College

Eddie Neville, Barry McMahon, Brian Curtin and Daragh Scanlon at the conferrings

HUNDREDS of graduands milled around Mary Immaculate College as they prepared to receive their degrees.

The annual graduation ceremonies for the college’s liberal arts, primary school teaching and early childhood care and education courses took place at the South Circular Road campus last week.

Some were preparing to receive their master’s or doctorate qualifications.

“I did the Professional Master in Education for primary teaching and before that, I did an arts degree in history and Irish,” said Jennifer O’Donovan from Ennis Road.

“I’m happy, delighted with myself. After 5 years, it’s the end of the road. I’m already working in Cork,” she said.

Many of the new graduates have worked tirelessly for at least four years, but the achievement on graduation day has made it all worthwhile, according to Katriona Kiely, from Woodview.

“I’m graduating with my B.Ed and I’m going on studying my master’s in education now,” she said.

“I loved Mary I. The friends you make, and even the staff — it’s such a tight-knit community. We got great support,” she added.

Jennifer Moore, Dromkeen, and Aisling Ryan, Cappamore, both graduated from the two-year PME on Friday. The pair have been friends since secondary school.

“I did arts here first — Irish and psychology,” said Jennifer.

“The two years of the PME is very full-on, but it was definitely all worth it. It’s my second graduation, but this is the important one,” she added.

Aisling always wanted to go on for primary teaching, and like many she took the postgraduate entry route.

“I’ve done six years in Mary I. There’s a real community here, you kind of know everybody,” she said.