RCSI to confer 725 graduates with Masters, Nursing & Midwifery degrees
RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) will today host two conferring ceremonies at the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), which will see 725 candidates graduate with Nursing & Midwifery and Masters awards. At the second ceremony of the day, an Honorary Doctorate of the College will be presented Professor Áine Hyland, Emeritus Professor of Education and former Vice-President of University College Cork, who will deliver an address to the graduating student body.
With a long-standing commitment to inclusion and diversity in Irish education, Professor Hyland has been active in education circles in Ireland and internationally for over 50 years. She is a member of the European Universities’ Association Institutional Evaluation Team and of the Steering Committee of the European Quality Assurance Forum.
Speaking on RCSI's latest honorary doctorate recipient, Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief Executive / Registrar, RCSI said, “I am delighted that Professor Áine Hyland, such a strong and influential figure in Irish education, will be the worthy recipient of the seventh Honorary Doctorate of RCSI. Her background in education, in particular educational policy and practice, will be an inspiration to our graduates and faculty who will be gathered in our audience today to listen to her speech. Professor Hyland has made an outstanding contribution to RCSI over the years through the REACH RCSI programme and as a Board Member of the College’s Outreach Committee and Medicine and Health Sciences Board. I am proud that we can honour her outstanding contribution to education and to RCSI.”
The day’s first ceremony commences at 11am with the conferring of 453 candidates with postgraduate degrees in Nursing and Midwifery. A number of awards will be presented at the ceremony including the National Florence Nightingale Committee of Ireland Award, Mary Frances Crowley Award, the Rose Lanigan Medal and Catherine Cummins Gold Medal.
RCSI’s November conferring celebrations will conclude a Masters Degree ceremony, at 3pm, which will see a further 272 candidates graduate with awards in Masters in Pharmacy (MPharm); MSc Industrial Pharmaceutical Science, MSc in Bereavement Studies as well as the Institute of Leadership programme candidates being conferred with MSc Healthcare Management, MSc in Leadership, MSc in Leadership in Health Professions Education and MSc in Quality & Safety in Healthcare Management.
All ceremonies will be live-streamed from the homepage of the RCSI website shortly before the commencement of each of the ceremonies.
Speaking on the conferring ceremony, Professor Cathal, Chief Executive / Registrar, RCSI said, “It is a testament to both our staff and our students to see such great numbers graduate from RCSI today. The calibre of awards being conferred is testimony to the high quality of teaching across the healthcare-focussed postgraduate courses run by the College and demonstrates the dedication and diligence of all 725 candidates who will graduate today. I look forward to sharing the day with them.”
RCSI is ranked in the top 250 institutions worldwide and joint 1st place in the Republic of Ireland in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2016-2017). It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide.