Thursday 8 December 2016

Follow your dreams, editor tells UCC graduates

Published 27/10/2016 | 02:30

Elaine Healy-Rae with her parents Danny and Eileen, brother Johnny, niece Maggie, sister Niamh, sister-in-law Caroline and boyfriend Kieran O’Shea after she graduated with an arts degree.
Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Elaine Healy-Rae with her parents Danny and Eileen, brother Johnny, niece Maggie, sister Niamh, sister-in-law Caroline and boyfriend Kieran O’Shea after she graduated with an arts degree. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Graduates have been urged to offer maximum adaptability and "that increasingly rare commodity of common-sense" in the fast-changing modern workplace.

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Irish Independent editor Fionnán Sheahan also told University College Cork (UCC) graduates to "follow their dreams" in their chosen careers as he delivered the autumn conferring lecture.

Irish Independent editor Fionnán Sheahan (centre) with UCC President Dr Michael Murphy and Prof Patrick O’Donovan. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Irish Independent editor Fionnán Sheahan (centre) with UCC President Dr Michael Murphy and Prof Patrick O’Donovan. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Mr Sheahan, a UCC graduate and former vice-president of UCC Students' Union, told the 300 arts department graduates that it was also important to appreciate that learning is not just restricted to college.

"The motto of UCC is 'Where Finbarr taught let Munster learn'," he said.

Mr Sheahan said it was very interesting to note that the phrase used was 'learn' and not 'study' or 'memorise'.

"Learning doesn't only take place in a classroom or a lecture hall," he said.

Kilkenny hurler John Power, who also graduated with an arts degree. Photo: Emmet Curtin
Kilkenny hurler John Power, who also graduated with an arts degree. Photo: Emmet Curtin

UCC boasts more than 140,000 graduates worldwide. Dean of UCC's Arts Department Professor Patrick O'Donovan said this formed an invaluable network of contacts for all graduates.

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