Staff and students at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s had a day of celebration for its Class of 2022 on Friday as 143 graduates were conferred in the College’s graduation, which took place in Carlow Cathedral.
Prior to the ceremony, graduates received a personal video message from Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD congratulating them on their success and wishing them all the best in their future endeavours.
In addition to conferring of the awards, a number of prizes and awards were presented to students who excelled in their chosen disciplines. The award winners were:
Carlow County Council Bursary Award
Tara Kinsella – BA (Hons) in Arts & Humanities
Lourda Delaney – BA (Hons) in English & History
Leona Wilson – BA (Hons) in Social, Political & Community Studies
Sarah O’Rourke – BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care)
Award for BA in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care)
Award for BA in Arts & Humanities
Constance Markievicz Award
Fr. Thomas McDonnell Delany Archive Research in History Prize
Dr Anne Holton Award in Teaching Excellence
Gerry Morgan Award in Applied Social Studies for Excellence in Practice Placement
Robert Frederick Holmes (1803) Award
James Fintan Lalor Student of the Year Award
Dr Helen Maher, Vice President for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Galway delivered the keynote address at the graduation and asked graduates to “reflect and consider what you can offer to make the world a better place.” Helen continued: “While dreams are essential, our dreams and imagination will only get us so far. Above all it is in the doing that realities change and you can truly make a difference. The evidence of that in all that you have done to get here today.”
Dr Thomas McGrath, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar of Carlow College congratulated graduates commenting on their “remarkable resilience and grit they showed during the Coronavirus Pandemic when their classes were held online”. He also stated: “they are a credit to the College and he has no doubt they will go on to prosper in your chosen career paths”.
Carlow College President, Fr Conn Ó Maoldhomhnaigh warmly congratulated the graduates who come from 16 different counties across Ireland, including as far as Donegal.
“As College President, it is my pleasure and privilege to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of all of our graduates. They have been part of our journey over the past three to four years and we wish them the very best as they continue on their own individual paths.”, said Fr Ó Maoldhomhnaigh