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28 May 2024  

NCAD Annual Conferring Ceremony


The National College of Art and Design held its annual conferring ceremony on 3 November 2014 in O’Reilly Hall, UCD. NCAD has been part of the National University of Ireland since 2000, firstly as a recognised college of NUI and more recently in an academic alliance with UCD.

At the ceremony, almost 300 students were conferred with Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas of the National University of Ireland by the Chancellor, Dr Maurice Manning.

During his address, the Chancellor congratulated the newest cohort of NUI graduates and also paid tribute to a former graduate – the modern artist, Patrick Scott – who recently passed away and who’s work was proudly displayed in the concourse of O’Reilly Hall. He also commended the Director and academic staff of NCAD for their continued promotion of high standards of creativity, intellectual engagement, and technical ability that provided the unique learning environment in which students could develop “a wealth of new experiences, ideas, insights, skills and opportunities […] to innovate, to progress, to give new expression, and to create new value.” These skills, the Chancellor stated, could be identified as being highly flexible and adaptable and according to a recent joint report by the Higher Education Authority and the Irish Research Council (2010), graduates from arts backgrounds offered a high level of versatility making them very attractive across a range of different industries.



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