Congratulating the Class of 2014
The 2014 UCD Medicine Conferring took place at O'Reilly Hall, Belfield on Thursday 5th June 2014 with 200 undergraduate and graduate entry students awarded degrees in Medicine.
The annual conferring marks one of the high-points in the School's academic calendar. The bestowing of the prestigious MB BCh BAO degree, took place under the direction of Dean of Medicine, Prof Patrick Murray and UCD President, Prof Andrew Deeks, presiding over his first UCD Conferring Ceremony. The graduands will now formally join the ranks of the medical profession, whereupon they will begin a year's further training as interns.
Gala Dinner and Awards
Later in the evening, the UCD Medicine Gala Dinner 2014 took place in UCD O'Reilly Hall, Belfield. This black tie event was attended by over 600 guests including recent graduates, their families and friend, School and University staff as well as VIP guests from our clinical affiliates. A range of student and teaching awards were presented by UCD President, Prof Andrew Deeks who was attending his first UCD Medicine Conferring events.
The Medicine Gala Dinner is the School's formal celebration of achievement, community and friendship. During the event, individual achievement and academic excellence was recognised with a range of prizes and medals including student-nominated awards. Among the prizes awarded this year was the inaugural Professor Peter Dervan Memorial Medal for Excellence in Cancer Pathology.
For many the highlight of the evening was the address by Guest of Honour, Dr Anne Merriman MBE (UCD Medicine 1957), leader of hospice development in Africa. Drawing on her extensive experience of working in palliative medicine, Dr Merriman's wise words were received by an attentive and transfixed audience. Dr Merriman received the School's Honorary Fellow award in 2007 in recognition of her lifetime's work. Since then she has received the Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award for her charitable works (November 2013) and in February 2014 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.