Over 160 graduates of South East Technological University (SETU) were conferred with academic awards at Wexford’s National Opera House on Friday, 10 November. Awards were conferred to students across 18 academic programmes from business, digital media, art, visual communications and design, to sustainable farm management and agribusiness.
Students were presented with their awards by Professor Veronica Campbell, President of SETU, Chancellor and Chairperson of SETU’s Governing Body, Professor Patrick Prendergast, and Dr Karen Hennessey, Head of Campus at SETU in Wexford. The spectacular venue in Wexford town was the ideal place to celebrate and showcase the academic achievements of students across a range of programmes on offer at SETU’s Wexford campus. This included the first cohort of students to graduate from SETU’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Tourism and Event Management.
Addressing the graduates, Prof. Campbell, said, “It is wonderful to be in Wexford at the amazing venue of the National Opera House to congratulate our graduates on their hard work and dedication in achieving their academic awards. I’d like to extend my thanks to the students, their families, our staff team at SETU, and the team here at the Opera House for all their work in making this event possible. SETU is committed to providing an enriching and transformational learning experience that enables and supports our students to achieve their potential as lifelong learners and global citizens in a caring environment. We have set out how to achieve this in our ambitious five-year strategic plan, Connecting for Impact 2023-2028. The aim of this plan is to ensure SETU is reflective of the rich connectivity between our communities in the south-east and further afield; communities that include learners, staff, industry stakeholders, and global partners. Central to achieving this is having our students at the core of what we do and providing increased access for learners to attend higher education throughout the region.
”The conferring ceremony takes place in the wake of the visit by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, to Wexford this week. Minister Harris confirmed that the acquisition of the new site in Wexford has significantly progressed, with Wexford County Council having successfully moved to the final stages of the CPO process.
The development of SETU’s Wexford Campus is in line with the university’s strategic goals and will ensure that SETU becomes the leading technological university for the south east, providing accessible higher education opportunities for learners across its campuses in the region.
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Caption for photo attached: Pictured are Brooklyn Geisler, Canada, Nichola Murphy Kildavin, Co. Carlow, Vanessa O’Brien, Gorey, Co. Wexford and Kendra Chirico, Canada who were conferred a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Communications & Design. Photograph: Patrick Browne