Crisp, sunny weather provided the perfect backdrop for the Institute of Technology Carlow 2012 conferring ceremonies earlier this month.Over 1,400 students were conferred with Doctorates, Masters, Degrees and Higher Certificates. President of IT Carlow Dr Patricia Mulcahy addressed the graduands, family members and special guests, commenting on the significant progress the Institute has made over its history.
“We are enormously proud of our achievements over the past 40 years and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all staff, both present and former, who have brought this institution to the position it is in today,” she said.
“We continue to develop in a time of enormous change that has seen a 17% increase in student enrolments in the past four years.”
The conferring ceremony included the first graduates from the BA Sport and Exercise in Soccer and GAA, with representatives from both sporting bodies present on the day to congratulate those who completed these unique and popular programmes at IT Carlow.
The diversity of courses at IT Carlow continues to grow in line with industry requirement as well as indigenous and global economic trends. Next year will see IT Carlow introducing a number of new courses including the BSc (Honours) in Pilot Studies, BSc (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering, the BSc (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning.
The demand for part-time courses has increased and this year saw over 170 students graduate from the Department of Lifelong Learning at IT Carlow. Among these were 17 members of the Dublin Fire Brigade who successfully completed the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Emergency Services.