Joy, pride and happiness at KCFE graduation day
Academic achievement and personal success was celebrated at the Kerry College of Further Education graduation ceremony which took place at the Brandon Conference Centre in Tralee on Friday.
Over 800 students graduated at the event which is an annual highlight of the academic calendar at the Kerry ETB college.
Students were conferred with QQI awards - both nationally and internationally recognised - in Beauty; Business and Technology; Creative Arts; Childcare; Construction and Engineering; Humanities and Health Care; Science; Sports and Nutrition and Tourism and Hospitality.
This year also saw the first cohort of graduates from a number of new programmes offered this year.
These included in Dance Studies, Theatre Studies, Animation, Computer Games, Emergency Services, Journalism, Pre-Garda and Youthwork.
The Guest of Honour was Nikki Bradley - who offered up an inspirational contribution on the difficulties and obstacles everybody encounters and how they can be overcome with resilience and willpower.
Director of Further Education and Training at Kerry ETB, Owen O Donnell acknowledged the strong work ethos of the graduates without which, he said, they could not have achieved what they did.
He also acknowledged the support each graduate received from their families and the college staff which helped them as they made their journey towards success. He also spoke about the continued growth of Kerry College and future plans for the provision of education and training programmes for students locally, regionally and nationally. Cllr Terry O'Brien wished all the graduates well in their future endeavours.