The Kilbride Suite of Kilkenny’s Ormonde Hotel was full to capacity on Friday night as Ormonde College of Further Education staged its annual awards conferring ceremony. Staff, award recipients and their relatives gathered to enjoy the occasion as over 250 individual awards were conferred on successful students. The role of Master of Ceremonies was fulfilled by staff member Margie Wall and there was a palpable atmosphere of celebration as former students were conferred with the fruit of their labours and became reacquainted with classmates and tutors.
Guests of Honour included chairperson of Kilkenny VEC Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh and Chairperson of the Board of Management Cllr. Marie Fitzpatrick, Kilkenny Senior Hurling team captain and current all-star holder Brian Hogan who brought Liam McCarthy along with him when presenting the awards to the Sport and Recreation award recipients. The standing of the college in the community was also reflected by the fact that awards were presented by Mr Tony Coy of the Kilkenny branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association and Mr PJ Carter from C&C Security who made the official presentation to the students of the Security Studies programme.
Mr John Kavanagh, the Deputy Principal of the college, welcomed all of the award recipients by proclaiming that the day had witnessed three prestigious events of national significance, a presidential inauguration, a vital Euro Championship play-off and Ormonde Colleges’ Awards night! He proclaimed his pride in the award recipients, referring to the camaraderie and determination they had exhibited during their time at the college. He encouraged the graduates to ‘resist stagnation by embracing change and never to waver in their pursuit of excellence’. He also paid tribute to the excellent staff of the college, claiming that the attention to detail in teaching and learning was the cornerstone of the success of the college. ‘Good teachers do so much more that teach’ he claimed. ‘They lead, inspire and challenge you to think’.
Ormonde College of Further Education also wishes to formally thank all of the agencies and businesses, both local and further afield, who cooperate with the college in providing valuable work experience to the students every year.
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 FETAC 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. Its academic programme includes Animal Care, Fine Art, Beauty Therapy, Office Administration, Business Management, Childcare, Community Healthcare and Nursing, Sport and Recreation, Security and Media Studies. Details of all of the courses can be found at the college website www.ormondecollege.ie or by contacting the college on 056 7763321. The college will host a special Open Evening on Thursday 24th November from 7pm to 9pm. It is an ideal chance to get first hand information on the programmes offered by the college and to view the facilities. All are welcome. Large groups by appointment only.