The summer conferring ceremony in National University of Ireland, Maynooth, which is being held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, will see the award of over eleven hundred degrees and diplomas in Humanities and Sciences. Among this year’s graduating class is former Miss Ireland, Niamh Redmond, who will be conferred with an honours B.A. (Finance) at 10 a.m. on Wednesday 16 September.
A number of new degrees and diplomas will be awarded this year for the first time, including the Higher Diploma in Arts (Civic, Social and Political Education), which is a programme developed by the Education Department at Maynooth for post primary-school teachers. The new diploma, which has a maximum enrolment of twenty-five, aims to develop the teaching skills and methodologies of the participants, so that their pupils can participate in a more meaningful way as citizens in contemporary society.
Other awards being conferred for the first time are single honours B.Sc. degrees in Chemistry and Experimental Physics. Speaking at the ceremony, the University President, Dr Smyth said "these disciplines form the foundation on which many of today’s high technology industries are based. The introduction of single honours programmes gives students the opportunity to specialize in these fields and it extends the University’s capability to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills that are currently so much in demand."
Dr Smyth also made reference to the fact that the graduating class of 1999 will be the first to experience the laboratories and facilities in the new science building which was completed less than two months ago, and will be opened officially next week