Over 1,500 students were conferred with a range of degrees this week in NUI Maynooth, from BAs, MAs and Postgraduate Diplomas to PhDs. Five different degrees were awarded for the first time, including the BSc Finance and Venture Management, BA Music Technology and BA Media Studies.
Comdt Maureen O'Brien; Professor John Hughes and Lt General Dermot Earley.
Among the large numbers in attendance was the Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Lt. General Dermot Earley who witnessed 18 Defence Forces personnel conferred with their MA degrees in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies (LMDS). This year saw the graduation of the first Irish female officer to take the course, Comdt Maureen O'Brien, who achieved first place in her thesis mark, and the highest mark ever awarded on the MA (LMDS). The MA, which has been running for seven years is a partnership programme developed and delivered by NUI Maynooth and the Irish Defence Forces. Graduates of the programme - which include officers from other foreign armies - are currently serving in postings overseas including Chad, Lebanon and Afghanistan.
As NUI Maynooth's Department of Business and Law conferred the degree of Bachelor of Science in Finance and Venture Management on its first graduates, Dr Robert Galavan, Head of Department and Dean of Social Sciences said "this is a very important day for the Department and we are immensely proud of our first graduates. With the jobs and opportunities this group has been offered up to date, we already know the programme has been an enormous success." Many of the students have taken up jobs in industry and state agencies, some as far away as Japan, while others are going on to further study. Darren Davidson, who graduates with first class honours has taken up a postgraduate programme place at the prestigious Cass Business School in City University London having been awarded the Dean's Scholarship following a global competition.
Stephen Devine, Michael McAdden, Colm Faughnan who were conferred with BA degrees on Tuesday Sep 10th
Great imagination and flair has gone into the BA (Media Studies International) programme as it allows students to study media and journalism in their second language and to learn about how different media work in other European societies. This first graduating class have studied in France and Germany, and can look forward to using their language skills in a media environment that increasingly needs bilingual producers and journalists.
NUI Maynooth is Ireland's fastest growing university with about 9,000 students including 1,000 postgraduate students across 300 programmes. In 2008 the University has seen a 17% rise in its CAO first preferences - the highest of any institution in the country.
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