Work pays off for 312 Wex­ford grad­u­ates

Gorey Guardian - - PICTURES - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

MORE THAN 300 Wex­ford grad­u­ates were con­ferred at WIT’s cer­e­monies last week.

Among those con­ferred were for­mer sports schol­ar­ship stu­dents in­clud­ing Wex­ford Hurl­ing goal­keeper Mark Fan­ning, who grad­u­ated with a Higher Cert in Business grad­u­ate, Wex­ford se­nior hurler Si­mon Dono­hue, who grad­u­ated with a BSc in Land Man­age­ment in Agri­cul­ture, and Wex­ford FC player Rachel Hutchin­son, who grad­u­ated with a BA in Ex­er­cise and Health Stud­ies.

Out of the grad­u­ates con­ferred with aca­demic awards up to doc­tor­ate level, 312 hailed from Wex­ford.

Pro­fes­sor Wil­lie Don­nelly, pres­i­dent of WIT gave the stu­dents some words of ad­vice for the fu­ture dur­ing the 12 con­fer­ring cer­e­monies and urged the stu­dents to em­brace the op­por­tu­ni­ties of the dig­i­tal econ­omy.

He said: ‘With the emerg­ing dig­i­tal econ­omy the work en­vi­ron­ment is chang­ing rapidly.

‘In­no­va­tion in the business world is ac­cel­er­at­ing ex­po­nen­tially, with new dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies and trends emerg­ing that are fun­da­men­tally chang­ing how busi­nesses and the global econ­omy op­er­ate. This new econ­omy pro­vides ex­cit­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­nity for those that are pre­pared to em­brace those changes.

Prof Don­nelly said there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ates lo­cally.

‘From the per­spec­tive of Water­ford and the South East we see a ma­jor in­crease in em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. Un­em­ploy­ment is fall­ing thanks to the growth in in­vest­ment in the Bio­pharma, ICT, Agri-tech and Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing in­dus­tries.’

In his con­fer­ring speech Prof Don­nelly also wel­comed that leg­is­la­tion for the tech­no­log­i­cal univer­sity is ex­pected to pass through the Dáil in the next few months.

‘The re­gion has waited too long for the cre­ation of a univer­sity in the re­gion. It has held the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion back. Our fo­cus has to be on the de­liv­ery of that crit­i­cal need.’

WIT gov­ern­ing body chair­man and Mayor of Wex­ford Jim Moore con­grat­u­lated stu­dents.

‘While a global stage awaits you filled with dis­cov­ery and op­por­tu­nity it is my hope that you can sat­isfy your am­bi­tions in the re­gion now or in time to come and con­trib­ute to growth and de­vel­op­ment.

‘You are join­ing a large group of highly re­garded grad­u­ates from this In­sti­tute mak­ing their mark through­out the world. We share in your suc­cess as we set about fu­ture In­sti­tute de­vel­op­ments which will sup­port the as­pi­ra­tions of fu­ture stu­dents and the wider re­gion.’

Ais­ling Doyle from Bal­lykelly, who re­ceived her BA in Early Child­hood Stud­ies, with her brother Eoin, boyfriend Phil Ersk­ine and mother Maisie. Ta­mara Lewis from New Ross re­ceiv­ing her BA in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Stud­ies from WIT pres­i­dent Prof Wil­lie...

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