Tuesday 19 March 2019

Vocational college rewards student excellence

Brendan Keane

One hundred outgoing students at Enniscorthy Vocational College of Further Education have graduated at a ceremony in the school in front of management, staff and proud friends and family members.

They were presented with their official QQI certificates by their respective Course Directors.

They graduated across a range of academic disciplines including: Humanities; Science and Technology; Cosmetic Science; Performing Arts; Childcare and Business.

Some graduates were absent as they are currently away in college in Ireland and in Aberyswyth, Wales, while a number of them have already gained employment.

A number of speakers addressed the conferring ceremony including Principal, Dr Iain Wickham, Kevin Lewis, Chief Executive of Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB), Conor Dempsey, Chairman of the college's Board of Management, and Deputy James Browne, TD.

Dr Wickham praised the students for their effort and commitment in reaching graduation day and spoke of the importance of up-skilling into the future. He also highlighted the importance of having respect, a positive outlook, and the resilience to deal with the ups-and-downs of everyday life.

Mr Lewis congratulated all of the graduates and spoke of the WWETB's pride in their achievements while Deputy Browne told the attendees that education is a journey and that the most important quality needed on that journey is perseverance.

'People also need to understand that failure is an essential part of success,' he said.

Mr Dempsey paid tribute to the students and also to the staff for their professionalism and dedication.

Enniscorthy Guardian