May 2020 | Bealtaine 2020

UCD School of Medicine celebrates the conferring of 228 graduates

Fri, 1 May 20 12:53

PRESS RELEASE

UCD School of Medicine celebrates the conferring of 228 graduates today                                                                                                                                                                

Every graduate will be offered an internship within Irish Healthcare System

UCD School of Medicine is delighted to confer 228 graduates today with undergraduate and graduate medicine (MB BCh. BAO) degrees. 22 nationalities will be represented amongst those graduating. However in line with COVID-19 related restrictions, the ceremony which is always one of the high points of the School’s calendar, is taking place as a virtual event, for the first time in the School’s 165 year history.  The ceremony has also been brought forward to today instead of taking place in mid-June as is the tradition. This will allow the newly qualified doctors to take up internships within the Irish healthcare system and apply their expertise and skills as the world responds to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opening the Conferring Ceremony, Professor Michael Keane, Dean of Medicine and Head of School of Medicine, UCD congratulated the graduates and acknowledged the celebration of their academic achievements and recognition of their clinical training. Professor Keane also gave the 228 graduates a warm welcome to the medical profession and to the global community of doctors who have trained at UCD School of Medicine.

Addressing the graduates, Simon Harris, TD, Minister for Health said ‘You are a class of 228 dedicated, talented and committed students who all have personal stories of how you came to be here today, especially our international students who crossed continents to study in UCD. You all possess unique talents in unique times when only two months ago, none of you could have dreamed of partaking in a virtual conferring ceremony and joining the front line in just seventeen days rather than in early July.”

“I know you feel a certain sadness that your families cannot join properly in these celebrations but we are all truly delighted that you are now doctors and that the majority of you will continue your training here in Ireland. For this we welcome you to our health service. I also guarantee every one of you a once in a lifetime opportunity to start the most rewarding and worthwhile of careers when you join us in the national and international battle against COVID-19 and make yourself available to provide care when it is needed most” continued Minister Harris.

Also speaking at the virtual conferring ceremony, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health (who graduated from UCD with a medicine degree in 1991, a diploma in Child Health in 1993 and a Masters in Public Health in 1996) said ‘Today is a day for celebration, to pause and reflect on a wonderful achievement and to look forward to a career which will give you excellent and diverse choice. But your graduation as doctors is of course impacted by the virus we have in our community which will become a reality in your work. Sometimes medicine, while it has given us huge advances, can still find it difficult to find answers to the challenges we face. So humility in the medical profession is always paramount, which with COVID-19, is achieved not just by working on your own as a profession but through public health and collective action in protecting society from the transmission of this virus where as yet there is no immunity, no drugs and no vaccine.” 

The ceremony will be available for live viewing on Friday 1 May at 1400 IST via https://www.ucd.ie/medicine/conferring 

Other speakers include;

  • Professor Andrew Deeks, UCD President
  • Professor Cecily Kelleher, College Principal, UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences
  • Dr Shane Kelly, UCD School of Medicine Class of 2020, Final Year Student Representative
  • Dr Shauna Harte, UCD School of Medicine Class of 2020, Final Year Student Representative

UCD School of Medicine, as one of the Ireland’s leading medical schools, offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate, research and professional programmes which are delivered by specialist staff across an extensive network of academic and clinical locations. The School also represents a community of researchers, scientists, clinicians, students and graduates, committed in its dedication to society and determined in its mission to improve the lives and the health of our patients. The School teaches, researches and delivers healthcare in Ireland and across the world. 

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To set up an interview and/ or to request footage from the Conferring Ceremony, please contact Jane Curtin, Marketing and Communications Manager, UCD School of Medicine. Tel.: 087 938 0779