Graduation ceremonies for University of Ulster students get under way today.
The 2012 graduations kick off with ceremonies at the University of Ulster’s Coleraine campus.
Later this week, the ceremonies will move to Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and on Monday to the Millennium Forum in Londonderry, where students from the University’s Magee campus will receive their degrees and certificates.
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More than 5,000 students have successfully completed their examinations with the University of Ulster this year at various levels from certificates and diplomas, through degrees to doctorates.
At today’s ceremonies, students from the Faculty of Life and Health Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences will receive their awards.
Susan Katherine Whoriskey receives the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc), in recognition of her services to the biotechnology industry and to entrepreneurship.
She helped build two of Massachusetts’ most successful biotech companies, Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Momenta Pharmaceuticals.
The senior vice-president, chief technology strategy officer at Moderna, based in Massachusetts, she also serves as a member of the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre’s (C-TRIC) International advisory panel.
C-TRIC, the award-winning clinical research facility based at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, was developed as a joint partnership between the University of Ulster, the Western Health and Social Care Trust and Derry City Council.
Funding for the project was provided by Ilex urban regeneration company and Invest Northern Ireland.
The encomium to Dr Whoriskey will be delivered by Professor Hugh McKenna, pro-vice-chancellor for research and innovation.