DkIT Brings the ‘Gown to the Town’03 October 2019
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is pleased to announce that the Institute’s 2019 annual graduation ceremonies will take place in the Townhall, Dundalk. Approximately 1,449 graduates will participate in the conferring of awards during the three-day celebration from Wednesday 30th October to Friday 1st November 2019.
The new town centre location adds an important community dimension to the occasion, bringing new activity, increased footfall and great excitement to Dundalk this autumn. Thirteen ceremonies will take place in the Townhall during the course of the week and each session will be followed by a small reception in the Imperial Hotel, Dundalk where light refreshments will be served. The Institute is working closely with Louth County Council, local authorities and businesses to ensure that the event is a success for all graduates and their families.
Speaking today, President of DkIT, Michael Mulvey, PhD, said,
“Graduation is the highlight of our academic calendar and is a joyous occasion for our graduates, their families, our staff and wider stakeholders. It is also a momentous occasion for our region because our graduates are crucial to its continued social, economic and cultural development. 89% of our graduates typically reside in the region, injecting new talent, skills and energy to businesses and organisations as they progress in their careers. More than 1,400 undergraduate and postgraduate awards will be conferred during this year’s ceremony which is a measure of the scale of DkIT.
It is for this reason that we are delighted to bring the celebration to the heart of the community. We are pleased to support our town centres and to work with our local businesses to ensure that they too are part of this event. The Townhall is a beautiful centrally-located building and a great setting for what is a significant event for the whole community. We invite our town and our region to join us in celebrating the great success of our graduates.”
Also speaking today, Joan Martin, Chief Executive of Louth County Council added,
“We are delighted to support DkIT in bringing their graduation ceremony to the centre of town. The occasion has always been a point of great pride for the county and it is wonderful that it can be now celebrated by the wider community. We hope that the new town centre location will provide graduates and their families with easier access to the fabulous eateries, facilities and attractions within Dundalk and they can enjoy all that the vibrant town has to offer. What better way for the graduates to celebrate their region as they close one academic chapter and embark on the next step in their exciting careers ahead.”
Graduates are invited to collect their robes in advance of the ceremonies from the Townhall before taking their seats in the An Táin Theatre where the ceremonies will take place. The new smaller ceremonies have been designed to provide families and graduates with a more intimate setting for graduation with unobstructed views of the stage. An additional room has been set aside on site to allow young families or people with additional needs to watch the ceremony on screen through a live broadcast. All further information about DkIT Graduation can be found by visiting dkit.ie/graduation.
Graduates and their families can avail of a variety of public parking facilities located near to Townhall. Attendees are also invited to make use free parking at the DkIT campus and a regular shuttle bus service will be provided to and from the Townhall each day. Campus tours will be available throughout graduation week for those wishing to explore the facilities and to take photographs on campus.
Billy Doyle, Manager of Dundalk Credit Union also commented,
“DkIT, its students and its graduates are part of the fabric of our town and this region and I am delighted that the Institute has decided to bring this fabulous celebration into the centre of Dundalk. The business community is actively liaising with the college to ensure that graduates and their families experience the best that Dundalk has to offer during the three-day celebration.”
Ali Harvey, speaking on behalf of the public, private and civic partners involved in the Dundalk Collaborative Town Centre Health Check (CTCHC) Project, which is led by the Heritage Council of Ireland, also welcomed the announcement, saying,
“This important event - and wonderful family celebration - will strengthen and enhance the cultural and economic revitalisation of Dundalk’s historic core. Congratulations to DkIT President, Michael Mulvey and all the DkIT lecturers and students involved. ”
The Institute has contacted businesses in Dundalk and the surrounding areas to inform them about the new plans for graduation and to request offers that may be available to students on the day. All graduation offers will be posted on the Graduation section of the DkIT website.
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Pictured today at the Dundalk Townhall [l-r] are Michael Mulvey, PhD, DkIT President; Ali Harvey, Dundalk Collaborative Town Centre Health Check (CTCHC) Project; Joan Martin, Chief Executive, Louth County Council; Dr. Sheila Flanagan, VP for Academic Affairs & Registrar, DkIT and Stewart Agnew, Operations and Member Experience Manager, Dundalk Credit Union.