Maynooth University recently underwent it’s annual conferring ceremonies on it’s campus. This year was a very busy year for the university with multiple ceremonies over many weeks, including honorary conferrings bestowed on well known people including former Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan, Professor William Desmond, Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan, Irish Ambassador to France Geraldine Byrne Nason, Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, Patricia Oliver of An Taisce, and the businessman and founder of Strokestown House in Co. Roscommon, Jim Callery. Also conferred over the October period were graduates of the 3U partnership – a collaboration between Maynooth University, DCU and the RSCI.
After meeting Pope Francis in Rome on Tuesday, mother and daughter Geraldine and Ann Marie McDonnell both graduated with a BA in Community & Youth Work from Maynooth University. Both women work with Traveller groups in their communities. ‘Going back to education was a big step for me, as I left school without completing second-level education, let alone third level,’ said Geraldine.
Below are a selection of images over the course of the events as well as some of the print and online publications where they appeared.