FORMER students of the HSI Limerick Business School, which closed down earlier this year, celebrated their graduation recently along with Griffith College graduates in Limerick.
The ceremony in St Mary’s Cathedral saw 80 students graduate from Griffith College, and 150 former graduates of HSI Limerick receive their scrolls last week.
The business school closed down in September, after 60 years in operation, due to trading difficulties. Griffith College then accommodated the former HSI students to continue their studies.
Speaking at the graduations, president of Griffith College, Diarmuid Hegarty, reflected on the loss of HSI in Limerick.
“This year we learned with regret of the closure of HSI Limerick Business School, but we were happy to be in a position to offer continuity to HSI students who would otherwise been disadvantaged by the closure of the college and we are also pleased that we could accommodate the HSI staff,” said Mr Hegarty.
He reminded graduates they can be proud of their alma mater, an accolade that includes notable award winners in the fields of law and accounting, as well as celebrated writer Cecilia Ahern.
Griffith College honored its outstanding students on the day, including Bijjiang Yu, a full-time student, who was recognised for her outstanding achievement in completing her bachelor in Arts of Accounting and Finance (HETAC Level 8).
The college also took their hats off to David Godfrey, a part-time student, who completed his Diploma in Legal Studies. The Griffith College Special Achievement award was given to Dawn Cronin, a former Dell-worker who graduated with four certificates on the day.
Miss Limerick Gemma Burke also graduated this Monday with a degree in business.
Mr Hegarty said 2011 has been a year of change and growth at their Limerick campus, where they will continue to expand their portfolio of courses.
He said the college, established in 1974, is growing from strength to strength with the addition of new courses and is planning a second intake of students in spring semester to cater for demands.
The college president said given the troubled economy they will also “need to consider future strategies in third level education” and anticipate a growing role for dynamic colleges like Griffith when the Hunt Report is published.