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Graduation Day at RCSI

06 June 2012

240 students from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) were conferred with medical degrees and postgraduate awards at the annual graduation ceremony in the National Concert Hall, Dublin this evening. The graduates were presented with their degrees by Mr. Patrick Broe, who was officially sworn in to office as the new President of RCSI today.

Paddy Broe at Conferring

Mr. Paddy Broe, President of RCSI, congratulating his son Mark who graduated from the College.

This year, 196 candidates were conferred with Degrees in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO), 10 degrees of Masters in Pharmacy, 3 degrees in Masters of Science (MSc), 12 degrees of Doctor of Medicine (MD) and 19 degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
 
Pictured are Emer O‘Connor and Emmet Byrne, former Irish rugby international, at the 2012 Conferring Ceremony
Pictured are Emer O‘Connor and Emmet Byrne, former Irish rugby international, at the 2012 Conferring Ceremony
 
Mr. Patrick Broe, President, RCSI congratulated all those graduating on their success. "Graduation is an exhilarating time for our students, their families, faculty and staff. Today is an important step for our students and we share in their excitement as they embark on their new career paths. The graduates here today are a testimony of the excellent educational and training standards that RCSI is renowned for, both nationally and internationally. The conferring ceremony is one of the highlights of the year for the College and I would like to congratulate all the students and wish them every success in the future."
 
Pictured ath the Conferring Ceremony (l-r) are David Casey, Janet Singh and Neil Moran
Pictured at the Conferring Ceremony (l-r) are David Casey, Janet Singh and Neil Moran
 
Professor Fr. Michael Kelly, Jesuit and internationally renowned expert on HIV / AIDS was awarded the second RCSI honorary doctorate to recognise the outstanding contributions he has made in the area of HIV / AIDS and education. Born in Tullamore in 1929, Fr. Kelly has lived and worked in Zambia for the past 50 years. He travels the world over to lobby for the rights of patients with HIV / AIDS and focuses his efforts on addressing AIDS through education.
 
Prof. Fr. Michael Kelly signing with Prof. Hannah McGee, Mr Patrick Broe, Prof. Cathal Kelly
Prof. Fr. Michael Kelly (seated) with (l-r) Prof. Cathal Kelly, Prof. Hannah McGee and Mr Patrick Broe.
  
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving human health through education, research and service. Founded in 1784, originally to train surgeons, today it provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The RCSI operates the largest medical school in Ireland, and it provides undergraduate courses in pharmacy and physiotherapy. The College provides an extensive range of postgraduate training and education programmes in the medical sciences, surgery, medical and nursing specialties, international health, tropical medicine and leadership and healthcare management. The College has its headquarters in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland. 
 
Therese Boland, Margaret Hsu
Pictured (l-r) are Therese Boland and Margaret Hsu at the Conferring Ceremony.
 
Avinash Nath, Karishma Kuwelker, Obafemi Giwa-Amu, Zahrah Maka, Odai Sinokrot
Pictured (l-r) are Avinash Nath, Karishma Kuwelker, Zahrah Maka, Odai Sinokrot and Obafemi Giwa-Amu at the Conferring Ceremony.
 
Laura Viani, Robert Brennan (grandchild)
Pictured is RCSI Council member Laura Viani, with her godson Robert Brennan, who graduated on the day.
 
Treasa Nì Cheannabhàin, Saber Elsafty, Naisrin Elsafty.
Pictured at the RCSI Conferring Ceremony (l-r) are Treasa Nì Cheannabhàin, Naisrin Elsafty and Saber Elsafty.
 
Adam Smyth, Lindy Smyth, Claire Smyth*, Peter Smyth.
Pictured (l-r) are Adam Smyth, Lindy Smyth, Claire Smyth and Peter Smyth at the Conferring ceremony.
 
Mr Patrick Broe, Prof. Hannah McGee, Maria Alisha Gabriel, Prof. Cathal Kelly,
Pictured (l-r) at the Conferring Ceremony are Mr Patrick Broe, RCSI President, Prof. Hannah McGee, Dean of Medical Faculty, RCSI, Maria Alisha Gabriel, who was recently awarded the Rhodes Scholarship and Prof. Cathal Kelly, CEO of RCSI.
 
Research PG's
Pictured outside the National Concert Hall are RCSI Research Postgraduates, at the Conferring Ceremony.
 
Aisling Sheehan, Hannah McGee, Frank Doyle
Pictured (l-r) are Aisling Sheehan, Hannah McGee, Dean of Medical Faculty, RCSI and Frank Doyle at the Conferring Ceremony.
 
Prof. Fr. Michael Kelly
Prof. Fr. Michael Kelly addresses the audience at the Conferring Ceremony.

Read the citation for Professor Fr Michael Kelly (PDF)