A Dublin City student, Suzanne O’Brien, from Clancy Quay, had double cause for celebration when she received an award for being amongst the top students in her class at the conferring of degrees in Primary teaching by Hibernia College.
In addition to receiving her Masters qualification, Suzanne was honoured with An Duais Ghaeilge Gael Linn – the Gael Linn Irish prize, for achieving the highest grade in Irish from her cohort on the Primary programme.
Suzanne was amongst 840 graduates from all 26 counties 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”.