A Galway student had double cause for celebration at her Hilbernia College graduation ceremony, when in addition to her Master’s qualification she received an award for being amongst the top students in her class.
Mary Collins from Glenamaddy received the medal for Best Research Project which is awarded to one student in each cohort who achieves the highest grade in research on the College’s Primary programme.
She was amongst 840 graduates from across Ireland to graduate with Primary or Post-Primary teaching qualifications at a virtual online ceremony recently that coincided with celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the College’s foundation.
Addressing them and other graduates, Dr Mary Kelly, Head of the School of Education at Hibernia College, reminded graduates of their unique position as teachers to shape the future through each and every one of their students.
Recognising the impact that COVID-19 has had, and the obligation it has imposed on the College to confer its degrees online, Dr Kelly expressed gratitude to ‘the many graduates who worked on the frontline during that time, in hospitals, nursing homes, supermarkets and caring for elderly’.