Thursday 21 November 2019

Excitement as Kennedy PLC students graduate

Recipients of the Office Administration Level 5 certificates
Recipients of the Office Administration Level 5 certificates

David Looby

Through a pathway of lights and candles, Post Leaving Certificate students and their families made their way into Kennedy College for the annual PLC award ceremony, hosted for the first time in the college hall, on Thursday, October 10.

Capped and gowned and bursting with excitement, they followed in procession to the hall decorated for the night and filled with the sounds of the traditional fanfare of such occasions. A procession of invited guests and speakers who had all given of their time to celebrate the occasion and amazing achievements of these dedicated students numbering just shy of 100 followed.

Speaker after speaker spoke of the courage and dedication that it took for each of these mature students to come back to school and launch a new chapter in their lives. They spoke of the trials and challenges that each must have had along the way in terms of childcare, cost, transport and nerves and how they each overcame those challenges to succeed and be there on the night as graduates with their friends and families so proud of their achievements.

Sarah Logan, a teacher in Kennedy College, acting as MC for the night, told stories of ambition and achievement, while Kennedy College principal Denise Lennon-Hennessy spoke of this being the first step in their journey of lifelong learning.

The newly appointed director of Schools for Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board, Eimear Ryan, outlined her own personal journey in education and how difficult it was even without a family or other commitments at the time.

Chairperson of the college board of management Denis Kennedy outlined his commitment and that of the board for these students and how welcome they would be to return to Kennedy College at any time.

Dr Yvonne Kavanagh spoke of the amazing opportunities in education that are now available to all of the graduates if they wish to continue their educational journeys in the IT sector and attain degrees, master's or doctorate qualifications.

Jim O'Connor, the now retired co-ordinator of PLC courses in Kennedy College, spoke of his own personal belief in the PLC system and of the many graduates that have gone through his hands in Kennedy College.

Refreshments provided by the students of Kennedy College followed, together with group and individual photos.

Ms Lennon-Hennessy said: 'Congratulations and the very best of luck is wished to all of these successful graduates from the principal and staff of Kennedy College.'

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