More virtual graduation excitement

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

International“We recently looked at the issue of how universities were going to approach graduation under lockdown. One of the most entertaining approaches included the involvement of robots in place of graduands at a Japanese university …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 18 May]

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Coronavirus: Queens University to hold virtual graduation ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) will not hold graduation ceremonies on its campus this summer. The university emailed students at the weekend to tell them it will hold ‘virtual’ ceremonies for students due to graduate instead …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 May]

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Over 220 medicine students graduate from UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Some 228 University College Dublin (UCD) medicine students graduated on Friday during a virtual ceremony due to the coronavirus restrictions. In 17 days time many of the new graduates will begin medical internships on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19 in Irish hospitals …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 1 May]

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Chief Medical Officer congratulates UL graduates following ‘remote’ conferring

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and President Michael D Higgins have sent messages of congratulations to over 130 new doctors who have graduated from the University of Limerick. The final year students at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) are UL’s first ever cohort of students to be conferred remotely in absentia due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 29 April]

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‘We Need You’, Taoiseach Tells Trinity’s Graduating Medicine Students

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today told Trinity’s graduating medicine students that they’ll play a vital role in battling the coronavirus pandemic, in an online graduation ceremony held so students can join the frontlines in the next month …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 28 April]

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1,000 internships to be offered to graduating doctors in pandemic fight

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Almost every graduating doctor this year is to be offered an internship in a bid to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged. For the first time, more than 1,000 internships are to be offered to this year’s medical students as they graduate, according to Mr Varadkar …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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Taoiseach to address medical graduates at historic UCC graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar will address 197 medical graduates at University College Cork (UCC) in a special video message tomorrow (Friday, April 17th) as they take part in the University’s first-ever online graduation ceremony. Their graduation has been brought forward to assist the health service during the COVID-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 16 April]

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Trinity Students Receive Degrees In Zoom Commencement Ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Some 532 Trinity students have been conferred with their degrees in absentia in a commencement ceremony on Zoom, marking the first time a graduation has been held online. Chancellor Mary McAleese conferred the degrees in the traditional Latin, in a ceremony that will be later uploaded online, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 April]

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NUIG medical students graduate early and online to join pandemic fight

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The graduation of 190 medical students from NUIG has been fast-tracked to ensure more doctors are available to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. NUI Galway’s 2020 graduation event, which was held online for the first time, took place on Monday morning through a Facebook live event. The students’ final year exams had previously been brought forward to enable them to enter the healthcare workforce without delay …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 6 April]

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NUI Galway to hold virtual conferrings for over 300 medical graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway is to hold two virtual conferring ceremonies for more than 300 medical graduates and their families. The university took the decision to bring the final year medical examinations and graduation forward to ensure that the medical graduates would be available to enter the healthcare workforce …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 3 April]

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Ulster University postpones summer graduations due to coronavirus restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has decided to postpone summer graduations because of coronavirus with a view to rescheduling ceremonies for later this year. In a letter to students and staff Professor Paul Bartholomew Interim Vice-Chancellor said …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 30 March]

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Trinity Cancels In-Person Graduation Ceremonies Set for April

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“Physical commencement ceremonies – due to take place in April – have been cancelled, Trinity has announced, with graduations set to be live streamed instead and students conferred with their degrees in absentia …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Emer Moreau, University Times, 19 March]

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Dundalk IT Students Protest After Graduation Moved Off Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student protests are taking place at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) after a decision was made by the college to hold their graduation ceremony in the local arts centre and not on campus as in previous years …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 11 October]

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Students Stage Protest Over Dundalk IT’s Plans To Move Graduation Off Campus

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

Ireland“Students at Dundalk IT staged a protest this morning against the institute’s plans to hold this year’s graduation ceremony off campus. Last week Dundalk IT announced that this year’s graduation ceremony, which runs from October 31st to November 2nd, would take place in the town centre rather than on campus as has been the case in recent years …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 10 October]

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Ó Murchú Calls on DkIT management to Engage with Students over Change of Location for Graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Local councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has called on the management and the President of Dundalk Institute of Technology to engage with students and staff regarding the possible relocation of graduation ceremonies at the end of this month …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 9 October]

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Staff Call on DkIT’s Governing Body to Intervene to Avoid Graduation Ceremony Being Held Off Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Calls by students and staff for the President of Dundalk IT to reverse his decision to move the annual graduation ceremony off campus appear to have fallen on deaf ears, according to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland. Staff and students at the Dublin Road institute were informed on Friday morning via email by DkIT President Michael Mulvey that he planned to proceed with moving the conferring ceremony at the end of the month to An Táin Theatre after plans to hold the graduation in St Patrick’s Cathedral fell through …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 4 October]

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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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