IT HAS been a hectic two years but now with their qualifications under their belts, Noreen and Brian Rusk are looking forward to some family time.
The husband and wife were among over 1,000 students who graduated from Tralee Institute of Technology's schools of Business, Computing and Humanities, Health and Social Sciences and the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics yesterday.
The hard work and commitment paid off for school secretary Noreen, who graduated with a Higher Certificate in Office Information Systems, and Brian, who was awarded a Master of Science degree in Educational Technology.
"It has been fairly hectic but hopefully it was worth it and we'll both now be able to progress our careers," said Brian, who works for Maynooth-based information technology company Oiliuna.
Noreen studied full-time while also holding down a job as the school secretary at Scoil Eoin in Tralee, and IT professional Brian fitted in his part-time course over two years around the demands of his day job.
They also managed the demands of their three children, Shauna (11), Dean (10) and Megan (7).
Meanwhile, at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, All-Ireland-winning Clare hurler John Conlon was among 1,010 students from 24 countries to graduate. He got a Bachelor of Education in primary teaching.