New chapter for Wexford graduates
A total of 365 Wexford people graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology last week.
In total almost 2,500 students were conferred at WIT during eleven conferring ceremonies which took place over three days.
Prof Willie Donnelly, President of Waterford Institute of Technology, reminded graduates of 2015 their education at WIT has provided them with the training and skillsets required to succeed in industry or academia.
In his conferring address, Prof Donnelly said: 'There has never been a better time to graduate. Whether you choose to remain in the region or travel further afield your Waterford Institute of Technology award is your passport to a world of opportunities."
He said that the South East region has seen an increase in employment in the last year, and has attracted major FDI investment in Biopharma, ICT and Advanced Manufacturing.
'We have seen an accelerated growth in employment created by indigenous start-up companies many of which originated in the institutes research and innovation campus.
'The international profile of the institute's research and innovation programme and the quality of the institute's graduates (such as you) is at the very heart of this growth.
He added that graduates might find the first step on the career ladder a little daunting. 'Whatever your chosen career my advice is to remain true to yourself. The secret to a successful career is to continue to develop intellectually and personally.'
Prof Donnelly also reminded graduates that while their generation is referred to as the 'digital generation' it is not technology than transforms society but rather human creativity and endeavours.
This is particularly reflected in the hiring policies of companies such as Google, he said.