The Ulster University winter graduation ceremony for the Faculties of Arts, Computing & Engineering and Life and Health Sciences was held on Tuesday 20 December at 11.00am in the Assembly Hall of Jordanstown campus. It was a cold, frosty day and the Jordanstown campus was buzzing with excitement.
The graduation ceremony commenced with a fanfare and processional march which heralded the arrival of the academic procession. The procession was led by the Stave Bearer and included Senior Officers of the University, members of Council and Senate and academic staff. The Chancellor, James Nesbitt (yes, the actor) presided at the graduation ceremony and began proceedings with an uplifting speech for all of the graduates in which he quoted Steve Jobs “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it, keep looking. Don’t Settle”. In accordance with the University's statutes, he then conferred degrees and other academic distinctions on all students who have been deemed eligible by Senate.
Following the presentation of the Distinguished Award recipients, students were presented to the Chancellor for their award by the Dean of their Faculty. Their names were called out, one at a time, in order of course studied. Graduands walked across the platform, stopped and bowed to the Chancellor and collected their certificates before returning to their seat in the auditorium.
After all graduates had been presented, a new student graduate spoke on behalf of those graduating at the ceremony. The formal proceedings concluded with closing remarks from the Provost of the campus. The academic procession, led by the Chancellor, left the hall. The new graduates joined the procession after the academic staff to symbolise their new status.
The SI Network was well represented and it was evident that 2016 was indeed a very successful year for its members. Three students graduated with a Master of Science in Sensory Integration – Aine Henry, Gina Daly and Rachel Daniels. In addition to this, Kylie Holdback and Denise Dockery, graduated with a Master of Science in Advancing Practice. The following students graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration:
- Julie Martell
- Alison Neal
- Vicky Ruffle
- Laura Graham
- Prasanta Kumar Pradhan
- Beth Smart
- Nick Smith
Several students also graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration. Congratulations to all the students on their achievements. We wish them well as they continue their professional and academic journeys.
Kylie Holdback and Denise Dockery
Dr. Greg Kelly (Course Director) with Prasanta Kumar Pradhan, Dr Mary Hannon-Fletcher (Head of School of Health Sciences) and Anandhi Boorasamy
Gina Daly with award certificate.