There was a hint of summer in the late October air as LIT-Tipperary conferred its first ever graduates. Having formally integrated with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) on September 1, the former Tipperary Institute presided over its first graduation ceremonies as the fifth school of LIT.
Another year of academic endeavour was celebrated as students were conferred with LIT awards in recognition of their academic achievements. The black clouds that had threatened to interrupt the early proceedings thankfully disappeared allowing the autumn sunshine to reflect on the smiling graduates, their proud families and friends assembled at the local third level college for what is the biggest day in the college’s annual calendar.
Awards ranging from Higher Certificates to Honours Degrees were bestowed across a wide range of disciplines including Business, Creative Multimedia, Software Development, Computing, Rural Development, Coaching Skills, and Renewable Energy, as well as the first graduates from LIT-Tipperary’s three year honours degree in Accounting and Finance.
In her conferring address, Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, President of LIT encouraged the assembled graduates not to judge future success on their professional accomplishments alone but also on how they contribute to society as active citizens. “In ten years’ time when you all meet again for your college reunion, I hope you judge yourselves not on your professional accomplishments alone, but also on how well you have developed as active citizens.”
During the ceremonies, LIT-Tipperary acknowledged graduates with awards for outstanding academic achievement. Among the award winners on the day were Eimear Corbett, Clonmel who won the Student of the Year award, to go alongside the numerous other accolades she won during her time at the Institute. The Software Development Student of the Year award was presented to Joseph O’Donoghue from Templemore, who has already secured employment with Eriksson, Athlone. Indeed, despite the current economic climate, the Software Development class of 2011 have all secured employment in Ireland, a reflection of the wealth of opportunities available in this rapidly growing sector.
It continues to be an exciting time of growth and development at LIT-Tipperary. A sizeable first year enrolment includes students on the college’s new BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Strength and Conditioning, which is attracting considerable interest from students across the country. Development of the new Thurles Enterprise Centre is at an advanced stage, with completion expected in early 2012. A bright future beckons for third level education and enterprise development in Tipperary.