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QUB grads: July 9

Special needs children inspired student mum

By Kathryn Torney

Published 09/07/2009

Queen's University Honourary Graduate Geraldine Hughes who starred alongside Sylvestor Stalone in Rocky.
Queen's University Honourary Graduate Geraldine Hughes who starred alongside Sylvestor Stalone in Rocky.
Lisa Collins, from Omagh, who set up a fundraising project for children in Uganda, is this year's Queen's Student of the Year.
Father David Delargy - representing the singing clerical trio, The Priests, collects this years Queen's Graduate of the Year award during the awards ceremony at QUB
Eileen Sowney, Sales Director with awards sponsors First Trust Bank congratulates Father David Delargy and Lisa Collins on winning the 2008/09 Queen's University 'Graduate of the Year' awards.
A BEd in Technology and Design went the way of Belfast's Nicky Goodall. He was joined by members of his family on the penultimate day of Queen's summer graduations.
The Ballymena boys have done it! Mark Patton and Andrew McKillop graduated from Queen's University today with Bachelor of Education degrees in Technology and Design.
Augher's Shauna McQuaid (BEd in Primary PE) had the support of dad Gerard, mum Moira and sister Shannon at Queen's graduations as she enjoyed the post-ceremony atmosphere.
At Queen's graduations today were new Bachelor of Education graduates Claire Thompson (Portavogie), Sarah Whiteside (Bangor), Rachel Watt (Crumlin) and Sarah Davenport (Magheralin).
Aisling Palmer, Aisling McGlone and Orlaith McAlinden who all graduated in Irish and Celtic Studies
Caoimhe Adams who graduated in French with parents Roisin and Fionntan Adams
Sarah McGuckin with Hannah Stratton who beat Meningitis in her first year of studying and graduated yesterday.
John Tracey who graduated in Irish and Celtic Studies with Irish lecturer Charlier Dillon
Stacey Leckey who graduated in French and Sociology with her boyfriend Ross Magee
John Lewis who graduated in Film Studies
Sam Goodwin (BA English) and Paul Burns (BSc Geography) pose with family members for a bit of post-ceremony photography on day three of Queen's graduations
A BSc in Music Technology was Omagh graduate Stephen Rafferty's reward at Wednesday's graduations at Queen's. His girlfriend Linda McLaughlin joined him on his special day.
Katherine Treacy can now call her fiance (and Queen's staff member) Dr Ciaran O'Neill, after he was awarded a PhD in English on the third day of summer graduations at Queen's University
Proudly representing Omagh today at Queen's graduations was Ronan Nelis, who was awarded a Foundation Degree in Web Technology and e-Commerce. He was joined by girlfriend Sandra Geraghty
Colourful twosome Rionach McGlinchey (Londonderry) and Abbey Judd (Rostrevor) congratulate each other on their Bachelor of Arts degrees at Queen's graduations today.
Anne Holland, Deirdre Morrow and Claire Reynolds who graduated in Economics and Finance
Finland's Johanna Moilanen brings a taste of Scandinavia to graduation day as she enjoys her new BA in International Studies.
High-spirited classmates Sarah McGivern and Suzy Truman on the breezy second day of summer graduations.
A richly rewarded Kerri Whiteside must feel on top of the mountain today as she takes home a BA in Politics to Richhill.
Newry's Denise McGivern (BSc Management) was joined today by boyfriend Stephen Cunningham, dad Denis, sister Mary-Jo, mum Attracta and grandmother Josie McGreevy to celebrate her auspicious graduation.
A Bachelor of Arts in Politics was the award for Sarah Williams (Dunmurry), Mark Moffitt (Omagh) and Eimear McVeigh (Donaghmore) on day two of summer graduations.
It was a family affair when new BSc in Management graduate Carly Kernaghan was joined by father Alan, sister Stacey and mum Donna to celebrate her achievement.
BSc Finance graduate Hanjie Mao is flanked by classmates Sarah McGivern and Suzy Truman on the breezy second day of summer graduations.
New graduates Xu Yi Tian (BSc Finance), Ping Ping Zhang (BSc Accounting), Xie Yue (BSc Economics) and Zhi Fang Fan (BSc Business Economics) graduated in playful mood.
Canada was represented today by Ottowa's Cody Mayoh, who graduated with a Doctor of Philososphy. He was joined by his parents Cheryl and Rick Mayoh and his partner, Queen's staff member Karen Keaveney.
Belfast's David McBride (BSc Business Economics) and Tom Bogues (BSc Management) graduate together on day two of graduations.
Minze Stuiver will receive an honorary degree from Queen's and open the University's CHRONO Centre
Andrew Smythe and Laura McKenna who both graduated with a BSE in Finance
Dr Jody Carson who achieved a PHD in Finance and Economics with husband Stuart Carson
Stephen Munn with girlfriend Elaine Mullan who graduated in Management Information Systems.
Denise McGivern who graduated in BSE Management with Mary-Jo McGivern
Bo Xiao who graduated in Finance, Sucen Chen who graduated in Accounting, Dabiao Liu, Wen Wen and Hanjie Mao who all graduated in Finance.
Rathfriland man Francis Campbell, the UK's Ambassador to the Holy See, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Queen's University for distinction in public service.

A dedicated single mother of three children who each have some form of special or educational needs is to graduate from Queen’s today.

Angelina Bell, from Belfast’s Ormeau Road, completed her degree whilst raising her three boys Conor (17), Jarlath (15) and Aidan (11). They will all be at Queen’s today to celebrate their mum’s success.

Angelina, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Education in Primary Science, will begin her teaching job in Our Lady of Lourdes High School’s special needs unit this September.

She said: “I am very passionate in my profession as a teacher and my experiences with my children and their special needs inspired me to follow that route.

“It was hard to try and balance my studies and time with the boys, especially on my own. I have two wonderful and very supportive parents, Geraldine and Seamus, and without their support it would have been impossible to carry on with my degree.”

The university announced its Graduate and Student of the Year award winners today.

Northern Ireland’s clerical chart-toppers, Fathers Eugene and Martin O’Hagan and Father David Delargy — otherwise known as The Priests — were due to be named Graduates of the Year.

Father Eugene graduated from Queen’s in Scholastic Philosophy in 1982, his brother Martin in Ancient History in 1985 and Father David in History the same year.

Meanwhile, Lisa Collins from Omagh, who set up a fundraising project for children in Uganda, is this year’s Student of the Year. She is studying for a masters in History.

Also today a proud father will watch his son graduate from Queen’s while gearing himself up for his own graduation tomorrow.

Dominic Donnelly from Ballymena will be at Queen’s today to watch his son Peter graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics. Dominic is himself to graduate from Queen’s with a Bachelor of Theology in tomorrow morning’s ceremony.

Dominic said: “I am so pleased that Peter has completed his course successfully and proud that we will be graduating at the same time.”

Peter said: “My dad’s dedication and commitment to achieving his aims has acted as a steadfast example for me and my siblings to follow.”

And a Strabane man who climbed the Great Wall of China, met the United States President and flew over the Grand Canyon will also graduate from Queen’s today.

Taking advantage of Queen’s numerous Study Abroad programmes, Aidan McCrossan (24) has studied at five universities on three continents during his degree. He will graduate today with a 2.1 Bachelor of Education in Religious Studies.

A leading American adviser to academic cancer research centres, pharmaceutical companies and governments worldwide will be awarded an honorary doctorate today.

Dr Martin Murphy, chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Northern Ireland-founded Almac Diagnostics, will be given the honour for services to medicine and for public services.

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