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Thursday, 5th June 2008-RCSI Conferring Ceremony

05 June 2008

Over 200 students from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) were conferred with medical degrees and postgraduate awards at a special graduation ceremony in the National Concert Hall, Dublin today. The graduates were presented with their degrees by newly elected President of RCSI Professor Frank B V Keane.


Pictured from l to r at the RCSI conferring ceremony are multiple prize winner Dr. Hugh Ramsay, who was conferred with a Degree in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO) and the President of RCSI, Professor Frank Keane. 

This year, 181 graduates were conferred with a Degree in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO). A Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSC) was also conferred on eight candidates who had undertaken a substantive research process over a number of years. 22 students were conferred with Masters and PhDs following extensive research in a wide number of areas. They include a Degree of Master of Surgery (MCh), Degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), and Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


Pictured from l to r are Dr. Barry Boilson, who was conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD); President of RCSI Professor Frank Keane; Dr. Jane English, who was conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Professor K.B. Nolan, Professor of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry and Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies.

Professor Frank Keane, President of RCSI said “As the largest undergraduate medical school in Ireland , the conferring ceremony is one of the highlights of the year for RCSI. I would like to congratulate all those conferred today and wish them success in the future. The graduates here today are a reflection on the ability of RCSI to educate and train students to the highest standards.”


Pictured from l to r are President of RCSI, Professor Frank Keane; Mr. Michael Horgan, CEO of RCSI; Dr. Amy Bagatto and Dr. Gavin Falk, who were conferred with a Degree in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO) and Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI.

“Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first conferring of National University of Ireland (NUI) degrees on RCSI graduates. Much has changed in the intervening years and RCSI and the NUI have a new arrangement whereby the programmes and courses of RCSI will be reviewed on a quality assurance basis. This year marks the centenary year for the NUI and I wish to congratulate the Chancellor and Registrar on this milestone.”


Past President of RCSI Professor Niall O’Higgins with his daughter Amy, who was conferred with a Degree in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO).

Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at RCSI said “It is great to see the students rewarded for all their hard work and commitment throughout several years of study. It is a celebration not only for the graduates, but also for their family and friends, and the academic staff who have guided and helped them to reach this point.”  



A graduate being gowned at the RCSI conferring ceremony. 



Pictured from l to r are Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; Mr. Fintan Foy, Associate Director of Academic Affairs at RCSI; Dr. Komal Chohanand and Dr. Cynthia Lye, who were conferred with a Degree in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO) and Mr. Michael Horgan, CEO of RCSI.   



Pictured at the RCSI conferring ceremony are Dr. Martin Jorgensen and Dr. Marthe Sommerseth from Norway . They were conferred with a Degree in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO).