Degrees were awarded by Professor Don Barry, President of the University of Limerick, to students of St. Patrick's College, Thurles for the first time since the signing of the Academic Linkage agreement between the University and St. Patrick’s College. A large group gathered in St. Patrick’s College on Friday 19th October to witness the graduation of forty-nine students from the College’s BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies programme.
As a result of the signing of this agreement in 2011, the Teacher Education degree programmes in St. Patrick’s College are now accredited by the University of Limerick.
Chairman of the Board of Governors of the college, Robbie Kelleher, welcomed guests and Profesor Barry congratulated all of the graduates in his speech and urged them to cherish the moment.
President of St. Patrick’s College, Fr. Fogarty urged the graduates to embrace their learning and to engage in lifelong learning and continuously strive to improve both academically and professionally. He encouraged them to remain enthusiastic and quoted the revered American football coach Vince Lombardi, whom when addressing his team on the occasion of an important match, said with conviction that they needed “to be fired with enthusiasm or they would be fired with enthusiasm.”
A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Award for Professionalism presented to Marie Flanagan. The award recognises the many positive attributes that a graduating student demonstrated during their time in the College. Marie was deemed to have demonstrated the best balance of professional responsibilities including excellence in subject knowledge across all areas of study, engagement in her programme of study, a high standard of teaching competence, involvement in professional development and extra-curricular activities, and an overall sense of commitment to St. Patrick’s College and to the teaching profession.