Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

835 students graduate at RCSI undergraduate & postgraduate conferring ceremonies

15 November 2012

First graduates of the 3U Partnership programme
 

Pictured (l-r) is Paul Fahey, Helen O'Donnell, Lorraine Horgan, Ciara McGoldrick and Prof. Paul Gallagher, Head of School of Pharmacy, RCSI.
 
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) conferred 835 students with undergraduate degrees and postgraduate awards at four conferring ceremonies last Thursday, 15th November, in the College. This is the largest number of students to graduate from the College in one day. 
 

Pictured (l-r) are Maria McCarra, Muiriosa Healy, Shelia O'Loughlin, Béibhinn O'Leary and Maria O'Donovan who all graduated with a Degree of Master in Pharmacy
  
The day commenced at 10.00am with the conferring of Degrees of Masters in Pharmacy to 134 students. At 12.30pm, 122 students were conferred with undergraduate degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy; Masters of Surgery Degrees and Higher Degrees by Research. 
 

Pictured is the Higher Degrees by Research group with Helen McVeigh and Prof Kevin Nolan (front row)
 
Among the Higher Degrees by Research were Scholars from two prestigious HRB funded structured PhD programmes in "Diagnostics & Therapeutics for Human Disease" and in "Health Services Research". A PhD graduate from the co-tutelle programme between NUI, RCSI and the University of Montpellier was also conferred.
 

Pictured is Garry Duffy with Karen Jordan. Karen, a graduant of RCSI BSc in Pharmacy has been named as the overall winner of the 2012 Undergraduate Awards - Medical Sciences Category.
  
At 3.00pm, 157 candidates were conferred with Masters of Science (MSc) Degrees. At the final ceremony at 5.00pm, 422 students were conferred with postgraduate degrees in Nursing and Midwifery. 
 

Pictured (l-r) are Prof. Cathal Kelly, CEO, RCSI; Liam Duffy, CEO, Beaumont Hospital; Geraldine Collier; Prof. Jim Dowling, Deputy President of DCU; Pauline Fordyce; Des O'Toole; Susan Moloney; Helen Ryan and Paddy Clerkin who graduated with Degree of Master of Science in Organisational Change and Leadership Development 
 
A number of awards were also presented at the Nursing and Midwifery ceremony including the Rose Lanigan Medal, Mary Frances Crowley Award and National Florence Nightingale Committee of Ireland Award.
 

Pictured is William Whyte who graduated with a BSc in Pharmacy  
  
Among those conferred were the first graduates of a unique RCSI / Dublin City University (DCU) joint MSc programme in Organisational Change and Leadership Development. These are the first graduates from the 3U Partnership between RCSI, NUI Maynooth and DCU. The programme is the result of an innovative partnership between Beaumont Hospital, DCU Business School and the RCSI Institute of Leadership and is the only bespoke hospital MSc programme in Ireland. 
 

Pictured (l-r) is Odiloi Onyejelem, who graduated with a BSc in Nursing, and novelist, Roddy Doyle.
   
The ceremonies also saw the first graduates from the MSc in Leadership in Health Professions Education being conferred. This is an innovative programme, run by the RCSI Institute of Leadership, designed for leaders in health education of all professions. It focuses on the healthcare professional as both professional teacher and educational leaders.
 

Pictured (l-r) are Orla Cunningham, Eamonn Cronin and Fiona Treacy who all graduated with a BSc in Pharmacy.
  
Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO/ Registrar, RCSI said "The variety and number of awards being presented here today reinforces RCSI's key role as a leading provider in healthcare education in Ireland. This marks a celebration and recognition of the graduate's accomplishments which they have achieved through outstanding ability, diligent application, sacrifice, excellent teaching and, in particular the support of family and friends. I would like to congratulate everyone here on their achievements and wish them success in their careers." 
 
 
Pictured is RCSI Vice-President, Mr. Declan Magee, and his daughter Fiona Magee, who graduated with a Degree of Master of Science in Leadership in Health Professions Education.



Pictured is Dr. Tom Patton, Prof. Kevin Nolan and Dr. Ben Ryan with students who graduated with an MSC in Industrial Pharmaceutical Science.