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PGCE and PGDE Ceremonies celebrate teaching professionals of the future

PGCE celebration 2015 Friday 15 July 2016

Family and friends gathered at Hope Park to witness candidates receive their certificates and diplomas at a series of PGCE and PGDE Presentation Ceremonies.

The next generation of teaching professionals celebrated the end of their studies and looked to the future as they prepared to embark on their careers.

Addressing the graduands, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Dean of Education Professor Kenneth Newport said: “For many of you, today will be the culmination of a lifelong ambition… and we are here to celebrate the collection of your individual and unique stories.”

Prizes were awarded to four candidates who displayed excellence throughout their time at the University. Leah Joyce received the prize for the Best Performing Student in Primary Education, Kathryn McKibbin was presented with the prize for the Best Performing Student in PGCE Secondary, Gemma Medd was named Best Performing Student in School Direct, and the Best Performing Student in PGDE went to Rachael Dale.

Jane Doherty, who studied PGCE Primary, described being sad to leave after four years at Hope.  

“I completed my Undergraduate BA in Early Childhood and Education at Hope and knew I wanted to stay on to complete a PGCE,” she said. “It was a tough year, but I loved the placements and feel sad to be saying goodbye to my student days.”

Meanwhile, fellow PGCE Primary graduate Jason Laird is excited to be taking his first steps on to the career ladder.

He said: “I’d heard about the course back home in Donegal, and now plan to stay in Liverpool where I start a job at St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School in September.”

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