Wednesday 7th December saw the 2011 class being conferred in the O’Reilly Hall in Belfield. It was a great occasion for all the graduates and their families some of whom had flown in for the day and a fitting event to mark all the hard work and effort put in by the MBA participants from the beginning of the applications process, in some cases year ago, to the handing in of the final assignment and putting the pen down in the final exam. The conferral was a joint one between the MBA and the Masters in Accountancy programmes. The ceremony itself was conducted by UCD President Hugh Brady and Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh. The address was given by Dr. Tony Brabazon, Director of UCD Smurfit Business School.
As usual the run up to the conferral was marked by lots of running around getting gowns and scanning of the hall to locate family, not an easy task in such a large hall. After the official part of the day was successfully completed by graduates the 670 men, woman and children present adjourned to the O’Reilly Conservatory for the Conferring Reception. There were lots of introductions of family to class mates, photographs taken with classmates and family with a rather splendid Christmas tree as a back drop and discussion of everyone’s plans for the evening. A couple of the classes had arranged group meals or events for after family meals were over. By all accounts some people didn’t finish celebrating until the early hours of the following morning.
Congratulations to the UCD Smurfit class of 2011 from all in the MBA Office.
– RoisinO’Loughlin | EMBA Programme Manager | MBA Office