There was a packed McCurdy Suite at the Lyrath Convention Centre on Friday night as Ormonde College of Further Education held its annual awards conferring ceremony for successful graduates from the 2017/18 academic year.
Staff, award recipients and their relatives gathered to enjoy the occasion as over 230 individual awards were conferred on successful learners. Guests of honour included Mayor of Kilkenny Peter Cleere, Chief Executive of Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board Cynthia Deane, Director of Further Education and Training Ms. Martha Bolger, and Cllr Matt Doran from the Board of Management of the college. Cllr Doran, along with the special guests, presented the certificates to the students from the various courses.
The Master of Ceremonies was deputy principal of the college John Kavanagh, who welcomed familiar faces back to reap the reward for their endeavour over the previous year. In a touching gesture, the students of the Office Administration programme presented a bouquet to course coordinator Mary McTiernan to mark her retirement.
As well as the individual awards across its 16 academic programmes, special awards were made to four students who were successful in the National Career Skills Competition run by Careers Portal and sponsored by McDonalds. Under the guidance of guidance counsellor and work experience coordinators Margie Wall, Rukayat Mohammed and Shannon O’ Shea (Early Childhood Care and Education) and Joseph Cashin (Tourism and Event Management) received their Highly Commended awards and their colleague Adam Broderick (Security Studies) scooped the first place in Ireland in the Adult and Further Education category.
The winners were presented with their awards by Ms Wall and Christopher Pim, manager of McDonalds Kilkenny.
Joseph Cashin, an award recipient on the night, treated the gathering to a light-hearted and touching reflection of his time as a student at the college.
Chief Executive of KCETB Cynthia Deane concluded the ceremony with an insightful and passionate keynote address, and brought the curtain down on another highly successful year for the city-based college.
Ormonde College has gone from strength to strength in recent years with a wide range of academic programmes on offer. The majority of its programmes are accredited at QQI levels 5 and 6 but the college also offers a beauty therapy programme accredited by ITEC, CIDESCO and CIBTAC and an Exercise and Health Fitness Programme that is certified by the National Council for Exercise and Health Fitness and the University of Limerick.
As well as the historic campus at Ormonde Road, the college has developed a state-of-the art Hairdressing and Barbering salon off campus and has also developed a brand new Visual Arts campus on Goal Road to house its Art Portfolio Preparation, Animation and Advanced Arts programmes.
The college is currently preparing to launch its prospectus of academic programmes for the 2018/19 academic year.