The first conferring ceremonies for 2018 will take place at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) on Wednesday (October 31) at 10am.
Out of the 2,400 graduates being conferred with academic awards up to doctorate level, two thirds are from the South East. However, WIT graduates hail from all over Ireland.
Typically one third are from Waterford city and county with more than 10% from Wexford, 10% from Kilkenny and 10% from Tipperary.
The 12 ceremonies will take place across Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will include the WIT short courses conferring ceremony on Thursday evening.
On Friday (November 2), WIT will award an Honorary Fellowship to staff member Vicky Phelan. Vicky has worked in WIT since 2006 and has held a number of roles within the School of Lifelong Learning and Education. Her current role is manager of the Literacy Development Centre, a national centre for the professional development of adult literacy practitioners. The award follows a recommendation to the WIT Governing Body earlier this year, which was unanimously approved.
The WIT Honorary Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated distinction in a field of human endeavour to such an extent as to provide motivation and inspiration to the institute community. “Vicky, through her actions, has made a transformational contribution to women's health in Ireland," said WIT president Prof Willie Donnelly.
"Her courage, her desire for the truth and her determination represent values that are fundamental to society at large; core principles which have been truly inspirational for all of us in WIT. As a community it is very fitting that we award Vicky with the highest honour this institute can afford in recognition of her strength, her leadership and her fighting spirit.”
The ceremonies take place at the following times:
Wednesday (10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm)
Thursday (10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm)
Friday (10am, 12pm, 3.45pm)
The ceremonies are streamed live online.