Graduates from NUI Maynooth’s Kilkenny campus received their degrees, diplomas and post-graduate certificates at a special awards ceremony in Kilkenny Castle last weekend.
Graduates included Wendy Taylor (Ballycallan), Bernie Wemyss (Thomastown), Mary Colclough (Woodsgift), Berry Murphy (Dunmore), Nessa Whelan (Castledermot), Trish Butler (Clonmel) and Karen Byrne (Borris), who were conferred with the NUI Diploma in Local and Community Studies.
Frances Harrington (Fethard) and Edel O’ Keeffe (Abbeyleix) were conferred with a BA in Community Studies. Edel also won a University Prize for her final thesis.
Postgraduate certificates in Adult and Community Education were conferred on 18 graduates at the ceremony, and a further 13 were conferred with a postgraduate diploma in Adult and Community Education. These graduates had followed a similar format, attending for two-day intensive workshops roughly every three weeks during the academic year.
At the conferring ceremony, Prof Philip Nolan, President of NUI Maynooth, congratulated all the graduates and the families who had supported them during their studies. He welcomed the collaboration between the university and the Craft Council of Ireland, which means that the CCoI course in ceramics based in Thomastown and the course in Jewellery and Goldsmithing which is based in the Castle Yard will now be accredited by the university.
Prof Nolan also welcomed the new initiative at the campus, which from September 2013 will see a cohort of students from Kilkenny and the surrounding area taking the first year of their BA at the Kilkenny campus. They then will complete their second and third year at the main campus in Maynooth.