This week was Graduation Week at NCI. I attended two out of three Graduation ceremonies - unfortunately missing a third where most of my own students were graduating. These are days when you can feel good about yourself - they don't happen very often, and should always be regarded as a major milestone in your life.
The Graduation ceremony is a serious and formal occasion (though not as formal as Trinity where the entire ceremony is conducted in Latin). Us academics get to wear a gown - in my case it is the Trinity scarlet and gold gown that I wore for my Ph.D. graduation. All the students also wear gowns, and most also dress up for the occasion. While the ceremony is long, it is worth every minute as you see each student beaming when they receive their scroll - a very proud and special moment for all. Congratulations specifically to all students on the following programmes in which I taught many of the week's graduates:
- M.Sc. in Learning Technologies
- Higher Diploma in e-Business
- B.A. (Hons) in Technology Management
- B.A. (Ord) in Management of Technology in Business
- B.A. (Hons) in Accounting and HRM
- HETAC Certificate in Business Analysis
The week was rounded off nicely with the Graduation Ball which was held in the Clontarf Castle Hotel. We had a great evening and I was glad to be part of the students' celebrations. Next week - it's back to educating next year's graduates!