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To NCI’s Graduating Class of 2016 #NCIGrad2016

Posted by Emma Henderson on 18 November 2016

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Graduation is our favourite day in the college calendar. Colette Darcy, our Vice Dean of the School of Business, likened it to Christmas – and she wasn’t kidding. It’s a day to celebrate the success and achievements of our students, who we have watched develop and progress throughout their time with us.  Enjoy these messages from NCI’s lecturers and staff, and don’t forget: you’ll always be part of the NCI family. Make sure you stay in touch!

"Congratulations to all our 2016 graduates! We are delighted to celebrate your success. As President I would like to wish each of you every success in the future and thank you for choosing National College of Ireland as your education partner, we look forward to you staying in touch with NCI."  Gina Quin, President, National College of Ireland

"Comhghairdeas libh! Today is a day to enjoy, a day to celebrate, and a day to share with family and friends. It’s an especially memorable day on your lifelong journey of learning. Remember that graduation is not an end but merely the conclusion of one chapter and the beginning of the next. Cherish your student experience, cherish the friends that you have made along the way and strive to contribute in whatever way you can to your family, your community and your country. Endeavour to make a difference. Each one of you is a leader in your own right. Make every moment count."  Professor Jimmy Hill, Vice President & Dean of School of Business

"To the graduating class of 2016 – you have done it!  You have achieved your academic goals. To stand here today as graduates in front of family, friends and peers involved a lot of focus, hard work, sleepless nights and undoubtedly many sacrifices on your part.  Congratulate yourself on your success and feel great pride in your achievement.  As the Dean of School I feel great pride that we have helped you along your academic path, and hope that your new qualification will open many doors and give you all great opportunities for the future.  In the words of George Bernard Shaw one of the world’s great playwrights “Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself”." Pramod Pathak, Dean of School of Computing 

"Enjoy the achievement, you deserve all the congratulations and fun of the day.  Use your qualification to its maximum and keep learning and growing. And make sure you stay in touch, whether that’s through further study – did you know you can €1000 off a masters at NCI! – or keeping us up-to-date with your career and achievements." Robert Ward, Director of Marketing, NCI

"Congratulations YOU did it! “Go, set the world on fire” (St. Ignatius Loyola). Every success." Michele  Kehoe, Lecturer, School of Business

"Take a moment to give yourself credit for getting here today. Some students have overcome huge academic and/or personal hurdles while completing courses here at NCI. While the support is always on hand from so many sources within the college, you got it done, take a moment to acknowledge what an achievement that is." Leah Kinsella, Programme Coordinator, School of Business

"I would just like to say best of luck to all our graduates, and do not be afraid of life-long learning, there is always something new around the corner." Dr Dominic Carr BSc, PhD

"I am very proud of you all, especially my CIPD students: I am sure you will make a huge contribution to the HR profession in the years to come." Francis Black, Lecturer IR / ER / HRM

"Congratulations on this the day of your graduation. I’ll never forget my graduation day, it was a special day, a day where I got the opportunity to thank my parents, and a day to celebrate with my class mates. I know you will look back in years to come at the time you spent here and you will remember that it did help to shape you into the person that you have become.

If you’ve had the misfortune of being a student of mine, I’d like to congratulate you on surviving. I know I asked a lot of you, I pushed some of you to your limits, I challenged your boundaries, I’d like to think I was strict and I was fair, but above all else… I cared about you and your education. I got to see some incredible transformations in many of you. Don’t tell our President, but that in itself is enough of a reward for me (guess who doesn’t get paid next month!)

Sadly, I cannot be there to enjoy the day with you and celebrate your success, because I have the pleasure of teaching the next set of potential graduates… they are not as cool as you though! I wish you all the best in your future careers and lives, and don’t forget that your education doesn’t stop here… it's only just begun (cue the music)."  Dermot Bradfield, Lecturer, School of Business

Topics: Graduation