Pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses and health research scientists were among those who graduated from RCSI at the College’s November conferring ceremonies.
At The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), RCSI celebrated the conferring of 433 candidates with postgraduate degrees in Nursing and Midwifery. A number of awards were presented at the ceremony including the Florence Nightingale Committee of Ireland Award, Mary Frances Crowley Award, the Rose Lanigan Medal and the Catherine Cummins Medal.
At the Friday morning ceremony, an Honorary Doctorate of RCSI was presented to The Honorable Mrs Catherine McGuinness, who delivered an address to the graduating student body.
With a long-standing commitment to inclusion and equality throughout her career, The Honorable Mrs McGuinness is currently a Member of Council of State, Patron of the Irish Refugee Council, Patron of the Irish Foster Care Association and Chair of Údarás NUI Gaillimh (Governing Body of NUI Galway).
She was appointed as a Judge in the Circuit Court in 1994, the first woman to hold that office in Ireland, followed by appointments to the High Court in 1996 and the Supreme Court in 2000. In 1979 she was elected as an independent candidate to Seanad Éireann in the Dublin University Constituency, serving in the 14th, 15th and 17th Seanad until 1987.