Graduating after a long period of dedicated study is a day of enormous pride. Of course it can start out somewhat stressful, getting ready to join friends and family and study comrades for a big day, but the overwhelming emotion is definitely that of pride and satisfaction.
As the Independent College Dublin classes of 2019 came together at St. Anne’s Church on Dawson Street, many were re-grouping for the first time in months, and the excitement was palpable. Padraig Hourigan, President of the College, welcomed everyone and put them at ease, and congratulated them on this incredible achievement. Highlighting the needs of some in our community who cannot partake in society in this way, he encouraged them to both celebrate their success and then to use it for good.
Guest speaker, and leading economist Jim Power, reminded each of the graduates, that this is something that no one can ever take away from them, it is something that stays with them for life. As we filmed some of the feelings captured on the day, from those starting their careers as legal executives in professional firms, and graduates of Master programmes in Dispute Resolution or the business graduates planning to extend their skills and progress their careers, each and every one of the Independent College Dublin team shared in the feeling of how worthwhile it is to work in education, to help people go forward and realise their dreams, and to use graduation as the start – not the end – of their exciting journeys.
We wish everyone so much success with their next chapter and we encourage you all to stay involved with Independent College Dublin long into the future.