The 2008 graduation ceremonies took place on campus, in the Griffith Conference Centre over a two day period on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th of November 2008.
Griffith College President, Mr. Diarmuid Hegarty made his annual graduation address where he congratulated graduands on their achievements and then presented each graduand individually with their awards. The awards presented included individual and joint awards of the Higher Education & Training Awards Council (HETAC) and Nottingham Trent University (NTU). In addition to awards presented by the Irish Institute of Legal Executives, City & Guilds London Institute, The Leinster School of Music & Drama and Griffith College.
Dr. Peter Cullen, Research and Policy Analysis, Higher Education & Training Awards Council, Ms. Chris Slade, Deputy Head of Centre for Academic Standards and Quality, Nottingham Trent University and Ms. Veronica Duffy, President of th Irish Institute of Legal Executives were present to confer awards from the above validating bodies on graduands of the college.
During the ceremonies, the college also welcomed the following guest speakers Ms. Noreen Hegarty, Sunday Tribune Editor, Mr. Liam Cronin, Academic Engagement Manager, Microsoft, Ireland.
Distinguished Felowship Award - Denis O‘Brien
At the Friday Graduate Business School and Professional Law School were conferred, businessman Denis O‘Brien was awards the Griffith College Distinguished Fellowship in recognition of his achievements in business and his contributions to causes such as the Special Olympics and Frontline to name a few. The head of the Graduate Business School Professor Wallace Ewart delivered the citation. After the conferring Mr O‘Brien delivered an address to the graduates.
Professional Excellence Award - Kevin Moran
During the Thursday graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Business, former Dublin gaelic footballer. Manchester United and Irish international soccer player was awarded the Griffith College Professional Excellence award in recognition for his achievements during his sporting career as well as his career in business with his sports management company, Proactive Sports Group.
The citation was delivered by Griffith College director Leo O‘Brien.
Pictured above Husband and wife Gary Conroy MBA and Kelly Smith MBA, who together completed the Graduate Business School MBA in International Business.
Cousins Lorainne Glancy MBA and Michael Glancy MSc. Lorraine completed her MBA part time while working for Abbott Diagnostics, and won Best Academic Achievement in the MBA in International Business.