(Mon. 18th September, 2023) – Ormonde College of Further Education held its annual conferring ceremony in Kilkenny city at the weekend at which 160 graduates across 23 separate programmes of study were conferred with their awards in areas such as animal care, equestrian studies, beauty therapy, hairdressing, community care, nursing studies, applied psychology, youthwork and addiction studies, office administration, tourism and business, and in art, craft and design.
Operated by Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB), Ormonde College is Kilkenny’s largest provider of further education, offering courses to levels 5 and 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) across 24 vocationally-relevant programmes of study.
With its main campus occupying a site of historical significance at Ormonde Road in Kilkenny city, the college also comprises a dedicated visual arts campus on Gaol Road in addition to Grennan Mill Craft School and Grennan Equestrian Centre in
Guests in attendance at the ceremony included: KCETB Chief Executive Eileen Curtis; KCETB Director of Further Education and Training Martha Bolger, and members of the college’s board of management who joined the graduates and their families for the occasion.
Addressing the graduates, Principal of Ormonde College Úna Hayes commented, “It is with great pride that Ormonde College of Further Education congratulates our adult learners on their achievements. Our graduation ceremony marks the hard work, perseverance and determination consistently shown by our graduating class of 2023 and we wish them the very best in their future endeavours.”
KCETB Chief Executive Eileen Curtis congratulated the graduates. “Today you become part of a larger community of Ormonde College alumni. This is a special day for you and your families, one to savour and celebrate. I urge you to continue your educational journey and build upon your skills in the years ahead”.
KCETB Director of Further Education, Martha Bolger commented, “The future has never been as bright for Ormonde College graduates. So many have obtained employment as a result of completing their course at Ormonde College, and others have continued their studies in further education and training (FET) and in higher education”.
Ormonde College of Further Education is currently accepting applications for the 2023/24 academic year. Registration and tuition costs are free. For further information, visit: www.ormondecollege.ie
Main image caption: Pictured at the Ormonde College of Further Education conferring are Emma Freaney, Callan; Ide Purcell Kilkenny city; Kirsten Gannet Kilkenny; Rachel Maher, Thurles and Sinead Bolger Kilkenny who graduated in Childcare.