June 2015 | Meitheamh 2015

2015 UCD Medicine Conferrings

Wed, 10 June 15 08:00

The 2015 UCD Medicine Conferring took place at O'Reilly Hall, Belfield on Monday 8th June 2015 with 294 graduands being conferred with undergraduate Medicine and Nursing degrees as well as 40 doctoral and masters graduate degree awards in Public health and Medicine.  A total of 225 undergraduate and graduate entry students awarded degrees in Medicine (MB BCh BAO) and 29 students conferred with honours degrees of Bachelor of Science in Children’s and General Nursing as well as Midwifery. 

The proceedings were led by UCD President, Prof Andrew J Deek who commented that

Conferring ceremonies are very special days in the calendar of the University – both for our students and for our faculty and staff. It marks the culmination of years of study and hard work by you – our graduates, and of the teaching and guidance by our faculty and staff.

The degrees were bestowed under the direction of Dean of Medicine, Prof Patrick Murray and Dr Martin McNamara, Dean of Nursing and Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.

Trailblazers & Medicine Dynasties 

As is the case in most years, included among the graduating class were sons and daughters of a number of current and former School or clinical staff.  We were delighted to welcome the McCarthy family who now boast four successive generations of UCD Medicine graduates when Dr Grace Kenny joined her mother Professor Geraldine McCarthy (UCD Medicine 1981), her father Professor Dermot Kenny (RCSI) and by her grandfather, Dr Donal McCarthy (UCD Medicine 1947) in the medical profession.  Grace's great grandfather, the late Dr Charles McCarthy was also a UCD Medicine graduate and was consultant gasteroenterologist at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

In contrast, some of our other graduates were the first in their families to attain third level education or to embark upon a career in Medicine.  Also approximately 40% of the graduating class have already experienced a University conferring having entered via our graduate entry medicine route.  But be they trailblazers or the next generation in a growing Medicine dynasty, each student has their own personal achievement which is what makes our conferring days ones of great celebration for all.

The graduates from our Medicine programmes now formally join the ranks of the medical profession whereupon they begin a year's further training as interns, many of these within the UCD Intern Training Network.  Many will return to UCD to undertake MSc, MD or PhD degrees in future years.

Research Degree Conferrings

Also included among the graduates were a Masters in Public Health (MPH), 9 Masters of Science (MSc) including 6 by research, 9 Doctors of Medicine (MD) and 21 Doctors of Philosophy (PhD).  As Professor Deeks noted,

The range of research theses titles reflects our strength in particular areas of research - such as diagnostic imaging, maternal and foetal health, infectious diseases, and chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Graduates of the 2015 UCD Medicine Conferring included:


No. of Graduands

Medicine (MB BCh BAO)


Master of Science (MSc)


Doctor of Medicine


Doctor of Philosophy


Honorary Degree

Distinguished UCD Medicine alumnus Professor Fergus Shanahan (UCD Medicine 1977) was conferred with a degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa.  Prof Shanahan is Professor of Medicine in University College Cork and consultant gastroenterologist at Cork University Hospital.  He has established the multi-disciplinary Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre which has been ranked 2nd in the world in this area of research, has been listed among the ‘Irish LifeScience 50’, a list of top Irish and Irish Americans in the life science sector and he was named Science Foundation Ireland’s Researcher of the Year in 2013.  The citation address was delivered by Prof Des Fitzgerald, Principal, College of Health Sciences.