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Over 1,300 students graduate from Dundalk Institute of Technology

03 November 2021

Over 1,300 students were conferred at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) from 27-29 October 2021 in a return to on-campus Graduation ceremonies.

DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD, warmly congratulated all graduates and highlighted that he expected ‘great things’ from the class of 2021 given that they had demonstrated an unprecedented level of resilience and adaptability in completing their studies amid the most challenging of circumstances.

Mr Mulvey highlighted that participation in college life will have helped the graduates to ‘build’ and ‘shape’ their character.

“Your tenacity, resilience, determination and resourcefulness were truly astounding”

During his closing address the President thanked all staff at DkIT for rising to the challenge and graduands should thank ‘your lecturers and tutors who invested in your studies and your success.’

DkIT Chair of the Governing Body, Paddy Malone attended all ceremonies and delivered his inaugural address. Mr Malone noted that the class of 2021 was an exceptional year who had extra-ordinary obstacles to overcome, and commended them on their tenacity and perseverance.

In addition to the undergraduate degrees, over 100 postgraduate qualifications were conferred, including four PhDs.

A number of additional awards were announced including:

  • Social Care Ireland / Irish Association of Social Care Educators (IASCE) Award for Academic Achievement in Social Care 2021: awarded to Sarah Freeman, Bachelor of Art (Honours) in Social Care
  • MOFFETT Female Engineering graduate 2021; awarded to Shona Gillanders, BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying
  • President’s Prize for Enterprising Student of the Year 2021: awarded to Sean Brannigan, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) Veterinary Nursing Graduate of the Year Award 2021: awarded to Shona Fitzpatrick, Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing
  • ABP Award for Agri-Food Student of the Year 2021: awarded to Ciara Friary, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Agriculture
  • President’s Prize for Contribution to the Life of the Institute and Community 2021: awarded to Ethel Mataruse, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing
  • President’s Prize for Contribution to the Life of the Institute and Community 2021: awarded to James Farrell, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Games Development


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