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Outstanding principals to be honoured

By Lindsay Fergus

Published 05/07/2012

The University of Ulster’s 2012 graduations continue at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast today.

Students from the Faculty of Computing and Engineering and the Faculty of Social Sciences will receive their awards.

The outstanding educational leadership shown by two Belfast headmasters is also being recognised by the University of Ulster.

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Andy McMorran, former principal of Ashfield Boys High School in Belfast and PJ O’Grady, the retired principal of St Patrick’s, Bearnageeha, will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv) in recognition of the role they played in helping to transform their respective schools and for their contribution to the community.

During a teaching career which spanned four decades, Mr O’Grady spent 14 years as the headmaster of St Patrick’s Bearnageeha in north Belfast, turning it into one of the city’s most respected high schools and promoting cross-community initiatives.

As principal of Ashfield Boys High School Mr McMorran has been a champion of raising educational standards in disadvantaged communities.

He was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to education.

In an anti-sectarianism initiative in 2004, both headmasters brought their respective school’s hockey players and hurlers together to take on Plockton High School, Scotland’s school champions, in the highland sport of shinty.

The encomium will be delivered by Professor Anne Moran, pro-vice-chancellor, Educational Partnerships and International Affairs.

Tom Kelly will also receive an honorary degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv) in recognition of his services to the community. Mr Kelly OBE, is group chief executive of Stakeholder Communications.

The encomium to Mr Kelly will be delivered by Professor Alastair Adair, pro-vice-chancellor.

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