World renowned composer and conductor Eímear Noone has been awarded an honorary doctorate by NUI Galway.
The award-winning artist was conferred a Doctor of Music honoris causa at the university’s summer conferring on Tuesday.
Almost 300 NUI Galway students were conferred at the ceremony with the largest cohort including more than 180 doctors, who received their Honours Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Obstetrics degrees.
Eímear Noone said that she was ‘delighted’ about the honorary doctorate, saying that “it’s particularly poignant that it’s the same year that the first students of the university’s Bachelor of Music are graduating from NUI Galway.”
“To be honoured in my own home county, in Galway, is so meaningful and overwhelming,” she said.
“If I was to offer any advice to the graduates of today, it’s this – take the ‘don’t be bold’ that we are told as kids, and turn it on its head, and go out there and be bold.”
A world-renowned conductor and award-winning composer, Eímear Noone is based out of Los Angeles and Dublin.
Originally from Kilconnell, she made history in 2020 when she became the first woman to conduct the orchestra at the Oscars.
Eímear Noone has also composed extensively for film and video games.
The honorary conferring took place at a special graduation celebration for more than 150 former students who completed studies in 2021 and whose winter conferring was postponed, along with graduates who completed studies in 2020 and were conferred in absentia due to public health restrictions during the pandemic.
President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, congratulated each of the graduates on their hard work and achievement in challenging times.
“We in NUI Galway are determined that this University will continue to play its full part in developing graduates who make a profound difference in the world and for the world, and shape the future needs of our society,” he said.
“I would also like to extend my congratulations to Eímear Noone. We are delighted to be able to recognise her outstanding contribution to the world of music and gaming.”
Twelve Final Medical Medals were presented to seven graduates for their outstanding academic performance in the studies, with Dr Róisín Thornton from Corcullen, Co. Galway receiving five medals.
Every year the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences presents the medals to students who receive the highest grade in each subject area.