Graduation by Grade Is a Relic of a Bygone Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Several times a year, Front Square becomes a flurry of black robes, airborne hats and camera flashes as Trinity’s graduates celebrate receiving academic degrees. But for many, as the Irish Times discussed this week, the ceremony is not the day of unbridled delight that it should be. The practice of separating graduands into academic brackets – revealing the relative standing of each in terms of their grades – is self-evidently a misguided and antiquated way to run a graduation ceremony …” (more)

[University Times, 13 May]

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Is it time to change Trinity’s ‘horrendous’ graduation ceremony?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s graduation ceremonies are steeped in cherished tradition: the Latin ceremony, the front square procession and the strict black or white dress code. But one particular tradition is attracting criticism and, for some, turning graduating into a day of ‘dread’ or even ‘humiliation’ …” (more)

[Barry O’Rourke, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Student graduations may be disrupted due to industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Graduation ceremonies for thousands of students could face disruption as a result of industrial action being taken by staff in institutes of technology across the country. Library, clerical and administrative staff at the State’s 14 institutes of technology have not been engaging in any form of communication …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 22 October]

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Universities vow to tackle London firm’s academic gown monopoly

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s main universities have promised to do more to promote competition between suppliers of gown hire and other services to graduating students. The Irish Times has established that a number of companies supplying gown hire and photography services to graduating third-level students are all controlled by the same London owner and all operate from the same Dublin address …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 20 December]

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Conferring ceremonies cost UCD €220,000 last year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Of the 11,147 people graduating with UCD degrees last year, including non-degree graduates and international students, just over half of that number, 5,471, attended conferring ceremonies to receive their degree …” (more)

[Alanna O’Shea, Irish Times, 22 December]

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President Deeks Considering a Campus Referendum on Latin in UCD Degree Ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks is considering putting the issue of whether to remove Latin from college degrees and conferring ceremonies to a campus referendum. Today at a meeting of the UCD Governing Authority (GA) it was proposed the decision to remove Latin should be reconsidered by the college management …” (more)

[College Tribune, 20 December]

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Graduation: Picking Your Pocket on the Way Out

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Graduation is, for the majority of Trinity students, the final farewell to a place that has shaped them and their life immeasurably. A chance to catch up with old friends and celebrate a shared experience. It is also, College authorities have worked out, a last chance to make a quick buck from students …” (more)

[Jack Marks, University Times, 19 December]

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Don’t dress like Kim Kardashian: Queen’s University lecturer slams dress code guide for graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2016 by steve

“A Queen’s lecturer has branded the university’s warning to students to ‘cover their cleavage’ during their graduation ceremony as ‘sexist nonsense’ …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 10 December]

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Don’t Tell Women How to Dress

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

“You may have seen the news today, but you may have missed it amidst all the graduation festivities this week. For those that are just catching up, you can read here. To quickly summarize, the above image was posted on the information page for the students that were graduating this week …” (more)

[Lawrence Dushenski, The Gown, 9 December]

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‘Don’t dress like Kim Kardashian’ – Belfast university bans cleavage and short skirts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

“Students at Queen’s have hit out after the university issued a graduation ceremony style guide banning short skirts and cleavage – telling women not to dress like Kim Kardashian …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Independent, 9 December]

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Missing NCI Graduation Ceremony

Posted in Life on November 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“For the first time in my 14 years at National College of Ireland, I will not be attending our annual Graduation Ceremony being held at the National Convention Centre today. I have an almost full schedule of classes during both the morning and afternoon conferrals, so this year I am working with next year’s graduates! …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 18 November]

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Students’ Union Claim President Deeks’ Actions an ‘Abuse of Power’ Over Changes to Graduation Ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans to remove Latin from UCD degrees and conferring ceremonies by the President Andrew Deeks has caused a backlash among academic staff and the Students’ Union. Yesterday at the UCD Academic Council, which meets once a semester and deals with changes to academic issues and procedures the President brought forward a proposal to remove Latin from the UCD conferring graduation ceremony …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 November]

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University to force through changes to graduation ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The use of Latin in conferring ceremonies and degrees is to be dropped in UCD following a decision by President Andrew Deeks and the University Management Team. The announcement was made today at academic council, which includes representatives from various schools and the students’ union …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 10 November]

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Queen’s University graduates reveal why they snubbed vice chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“Students have spoken of the moment they publicly snubbed the head of Queen’s University Belfast during their graduation ceremony. Several history and anthropology graduates refused to shake Patrick Johnston’s hand and others gave him a campaign flyer …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 7 July]

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History students snub Queen’s University vice chancellor Patrick Johnston at graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2016 by steve

UK“History students used their graduation ceremony to snub the head of Queen’s University after his controversial claim that ‘society doesn’t need a 21-year-old that’s a sixth century historian’ …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 6 July]

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University ban on mortarboard throwing: ‘We’ll Photoshop them in’

Posted in Legal issues on May 18th, 2016 by steve

UK“Health and safety initiative at University of East Anglia apparently triggered by spate of injuries caused by falling hats. It’s a much-loved academic tradition that has fallen foul of health and safety concerns of late, as universities strive to prevent graduates flinging their mortarboards in the air …” (more)

[Ben Quinn, Guardian, 18 May]

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‘I was isolated at my graduation’: Limerick student

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A woman in her 60s who is a wheelchair user, has issued a complaint to the University of Limerick after, she claims, she was seated in the ‘back room’ of the University Concert Hall during her graduation ceremony …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 28 February]

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Graduation Photographers Defend €30 ‘Facial Slimming’ Service

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The photography company hired by College for the graduation season has defended its decision to offer ‘facial slimming’ editing for €30 …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 7 November]

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A Dolls House University

Posted in Life on July 5th, 2014 by steve

“It’s graduation season! Cue the absurd paraphernalia of cap-and-gown, the parading of privilege and the fundamental declaration of difference between those of ‘learning’ and ‘rank’, and everyone else. Veblen (in 1899!) reminds us of the pernicious, class-ridden foundation of it all …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 5 July]


Go Forth and Conquer, but Postpone the Selfie

Posted in Life on April 19th, 2014 by steve

“Sign of the times: Bryant University in Rhode Island has told its graduating seniors not to take selfies when they come onstage for their diplomas next month …” (more)

[Tamar Lewin, New York Times, 18 April]

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