The University of Limerick conferring ceremonies took place 18-20th January 2016. The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences saw 258 students graduate, including 9 PhD graduates and the first cohort of graduates to complete the Masters in Creative Writing at UL.
UL President, Professor Don Barry highlighted how UL has maintained its exceptional employment rate which is 20% higher than the average for the other seven Irish universities and that 7 out of 10 of UL graduates go into direct employment. Speaking from the first of five conferring ceremonies Professor Barry highlighted the continued demand for UL graduates by employers:
“Last summer saw over 70% of our courses increase in CAO admission standards and our graduate employment rate is now a massive 20% higher than the average for the other seven universities in Ireland. That is part of what we call the UL Edge – and it is something of which this university is very proud.”
Professor Barry also had some words of encouragement for the graduates:
“Nelson Mandela once said “There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” And so I say to you: exhaust every opportunity, take every chance, and follow every road that will get you one step closer to where you want to be. Don’t settle because you think you have to. You have a long career ahead of you, a long way to go, so think BIG.”
Pictured above are our 9 PhD students who graduated, along with their supervisors:
Victor Jatula, Clair Sheehan, Silvia Benini, Abdulhakim Ali Belaid, Yuying Liu, Natalia Mazurkiewicz, Eamonn Costello, Julia Balla and Niamh Lenahan.