Updated: 08/11/17 : 05:10:19
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Graduating Class of 2017 Celebrates at IT Sligo

The President of IT Sligo, Dr Brendan McCormack has encouraged the graduating class of 2017 to build their careers in the North West of Ireland and help contribute to the economic growth of the region.

Dr McCormack was speaking the Institute’s annual conferring ceremonies last week. More than 1,500 new graduates received their qualifications during two days of ceremonies.

Families, friends and other guests joined in the celebrations at the Knocknarea Arena in the heart of the Institute’s 72-acre campus.

In his conferral address for the Institute’s School of Engineering & Design, the President encouraged the new graduates to follow their passions.

“I fully appreciate that many of you will take careers journeys all over the world, and there are wonderful opportunities out there,” Dr McCormack told them. “All I ask - is that you do not underestimate the quality of life, both personally and professionally, that the North West of Ireland can offer you long term.

“We need young vibrant entrepreneurs to create new businesses and to contribute to the economic growth that will ensure this region remains the best place to live in Ireland.

“Whatever you do, do it with passion and integrity and do not wait for someone else to take the lead.”

IT Sligo staff member and Corn Sheain Mhic Mhagnais recipient, Bridie Gaughan (centre) with family and work colleagues at last week's annual conferring. (L-R) Dr Brendan McCormack (President) Beatrice Flavin, Bridie Gaughan (Corn Sheáin Mhic Mhagnais winner), Mick Gaughan, Niamh Gaughan & Eoin Gaughan

Over the two days of conferring, IT Sligo’s new graduates received higher education qualifications ranging from Higher Certificate to PhD, from the Institute’s three Schools of learning: Engineering & Design, Science and Business & Social Sciences.

Michael Conway from Sligo County Council, recipient of a Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering in Road & Transport Engineering with famiy members. Back row L-R) Veronica Conway, Tommy Conway, Emer Conway, Michael Conway, Kealan Conway, Jaqueline Conway. Front row: Jack Conway, Rebecca Conway and Aoife Conway.

The new recipients include the first cohort of international students from Oman who first came to IT Sligo in 2012, and are being conferred this week with honours degrees in Engineering, Computing in Systems & Networking, and in Medical Biotechnology.

The dedication of long-serving staff member Bridie Gaughan from the Institute’s School of Business and Social Sciences was also recognised, as she was the recipient of the prestigious Corn Sheáin Mhic Mhagnais.

This award was first established by former IT Sligo Chairman of the Governing Body, the late Seán McManus, and is awarded annually to recognise exceptional achievements or contributions to the Institute by an individual or group.

         Eamonn McHale (Calry), Aisling Watters (Grange) and Aaron McGourty (Calry)
          were conferred with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Social Care Practice.

Shupai Matewa from Sligo (pictured centre), a new Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Childhood Care & Education graduate from IT Sligo wth her family and friends after last week’s Conferring ceremony: (L-R): Nomsa Gusha-Zimyemba, Lloyd Zinyemba, Tidy Munyaradzi, Shupai Matewa, Noah Katumba , Ruvimbo Chawasarira, & Takondwa Mwale.

Seán Moran from Strandhill with his mother Eileen and sister-in-law Alex, after he was conferred with an BA (Honours) degree in Archittectural Design.

Emmet McLoughlin from Sligo was conferred with a PhD in Sustainable Tourism. He's pictured here with his family. (L-R): Laura Harte, Oliver McLoughlin, Emmet McLoughlin, Clare McLoughlin, Shane McLoughlin, Ailbhe McLoughlin.

Stacy Muldowney from Riverstown, Co Sligo, graduate in Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Leisure (Sport With Business) with with her sister Cara Tighe and mother Majella Muldowney

Niamh Mullaney, Higher Diploma in Science in Computing, with Keith McManus, Lecturer, IT Sligo

James Cole from Sligo town, Graduate in BSc in Computing in Systems & Networking, with his parents Jim and Mary

Some of the Institute’s International graduates from Oman celebrate a special moment at the end of their Conferring Ceremony at IT Sligo