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UTV presenter honoured at ceremony

By Kathryn Torney

Hundreds of students are today due to graduate in the second of the Belfast Institute's graduation ceremonies.

Hundreds of students are today due to graduate from the second of the Belfast Institute's graduation ceremonies.

This afternoon's ceremony at the Spires Conference Centre is for students graduating from the Department of Computing and Administrative Studies and the Department of Creative and Health Studies.

The guest of honour at the event will be Professor Peter Gregson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University.

UTV presenter Lynda Bryans is due to be presented with an award for her contribution to the life of the citizens of Belfast and beyond.

Neill Murray, from Newtownabbey, is among the students graduating today.

The 32-year-old mature student will be presented with a Higher National Certificate in Business and IT.

Neill said: "My GCSE results were not that good so I decided to join Belfast Institute's Pathfinders course. During the two-year course I gained a lot of confidence and experience in clerical work which enabled me to get a full-time job for the next eight years as a box-office cashier at the Movie House Cinema."

In 1996 Neill moved to a solicitor's firm in Belfast where he decided to study part-time for an Advanced Diploma in IT and Business Systems at the Institute. He then completed a part-time HNC in Business IT at the Institute's College Square building.

He said: "Since completing my HNC I have once again become a full-time student, this time at Queen's University where I am studying for a BSc in Business Information Technology.

"I hope this will enable me to become an IT manager with a large computing company."

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