The happy day has arrived for Smurfit MBA students to rejoice

This particular happy day isn’t actually Christmas day (11 more sleeps to that) but the final exam day for the Full-time and EMBA classes.  The year 2 classes finished yesterday and I hope they all had a lucky Friday 13th and that the exam gods were kind.  Well done to you all for getting this far and completing what needs to be done for semester 1 2013-14.  Enjoy your after exam meals and get-togethers and celebrate a job well done and a hurdle surmounted.

Congratulations to the MBA classes of 2013

The MBA graduation for the MBA classes of 2013 took place last Friday in the O’Reilly Hall, Belfield.  It goes without saying that it was an important for the graduates and their families as it is the culmination of a long journey through the programme for them but conferring is also a significant day for those of us who work on the MBA programme.  We get to know the students by name during the applications process, we first meet them during the Foundation Week module at the beginning of the programme, we all attended  the Welcome Dinner given for all incoming classes, and then over the course of the next year or two year depending on the programme that there are lots of formal and informal contacts, good times and bad and all of it ultimately aimed at getting them to this day and the moment when they get that MBA parchment into their hands.  It’s a great day, the end of the journey for our MBA and we all wish them to very best and hope they keep in touch with us and the School.

In addition to the graduation of the MBA and Masters in Accounting students at this ceremony, honorary degrees were also awarded to Ciarán Murray, CEO of ICON plc, and Frank Ryan, who has recently stepped down as CEO of Enterprise Ireland.

Roisin O’Loughlin, EMBA Programme Manager

Annual Smurfit MBA BBQ 22 June 2013

The annual Smurfit MBA BBQ took place last Saturday 22nd.

There were approximately 190 staff, students and their families in attendance. In the best Irish fashion it was partially indoors as we had to contend with the occasional short but sharp summer shower but what would an Irish BBQ be without a little rain?  The sun did occasionally show itself though and a good time was had by all.

This is especially true of the younger attendees who bounced on the bouncy castle, had their faces painted, ran races and watched a great floor show provided by Sillybilly the entertainment troupe who assisted with the day, some of the adults participated in all these activities too.  A rather spirited game of impromptu cricket also took place.


– Roisin O’Loughlin, MBA Programme Manager

Congratulations to the MBA Class of 2012

The MBA full-time and Executive MBA classes 2012 graduated on Thursday 6th December.  The ceremony took place in the O’Reilly Hall, UCD Belfield. In attendance were UCD President Hugh Brady, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean of UCD Business Schools and Director of the Smurfit School Professor Anthony Brabazon who all participated in the formal element of the conferring and handing out of degrees.

Over 106 MBAs graduated at this ceremony and joined the growing ranks of UCD Smurfit MBA alumni. The very well received commencement speech was given by Prof. Aileen Pierce, Accountancy Subject Area.

Prof. Pierce gave a thoughtful speech with reflections, encouragements and advice to the new graduates. Prof.  Pierce’s speech can be read in its entirety here

The conferring was followed by a reception in the atrium of the hall.  The MBA Office team were also in attendance to mark the day, Dr. Brian McGrath (MBA Academic Director), Orla Nugent (MBA Director), Brian Marrinan (MBA Careers Manager) and the MBA Programme Managers  Rikke Budolfsen (FT MBA), Roisin O’Loughlin (EMBA) and Michael McDonnell (Leadership Development Programme).

Also graduating at the same ceremony were the Masters in Accountancy class 2012 and the first cohort of the MSc in Strategic Management Accountancy.


Best wishes and congratulations to the MBA classes of 2012.

– Roisin O’Loughlin, MBA Programme Manager

Graduation Speech MBA Graduation 2012

Good afternoon President, colleagues, graduates, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Aileen Pierce and I am an accountant and a professor in the Accountancy subject area here in UCD.

It is a great privilege for me to address the 2012 graduating classes of the Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science (Strategic Management Accounting) programmes.  Indeed, it is an historic occasion because we have our first cohort of MSc (SMA) graduates being conferred today. Continue reading Graduation Speech MBA Graduation 2012