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Queen's University Graduations: July 10

Three brothers graduate within space of five days

Published 10/07/2009

New Bachelor of Education graduates Claire Thompson (Portavogie), Sarah Whiteside (Bangor), Rachel Watt (Crumlin) and Sarah Davenport (Magheralin).
New Bachelor of Education graduates Claire Thompson (Portavogie), Sarah Whiteside (Bangor), Rachel Watt (Crumlin) and Sarah Davenport (Magheralin).
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.

An east Belfast man is graduating from Queen’s University today — just a day after his brother was honoured by the university.

David Mitchell (21) was due to graduate this morning with a LLB Single Honours Law degree. His brother Gary (23) graduated yesterday with a Bachelor of Medicine.

A third Mitchell brother, Ralph (25), will graduate from Medicine next week from the University of Warwick, taking the number of Mitchell family graduations this summer to three.

Proud parents Bernie and Ralph Mitchell will join Gary, |who plays rugby for Instonians 1st XV, and younger sister Lauren today to celebrate with David. Speaking in advance of today’s ceremony, Bernie said: “It’s a proud moment for any parent when their offspring graduates, but having all three sons graduate within five days makes it extra special.

“I’ve been trying to get Ralph Snr to buy me three new dresses for over a year now.

“We’re incredibly proud of the boys and can’t wait to see David walk across the Whitla Hall stage.”

Law graduate David plans to spend a year gaining experience with a law firm before applying to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.

Gary is to complete his medical foundation programme between the Erne, Altnagelvin and Mater hospitals, while continuing to play rugby. Ralph too is to pursue his career as a doctor in Warwick.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Bombardier chief Michael Ryan will also be honoured by Queen’s University today.

At this afternoon’s ceremony he will be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science (Engineering) for services to engineering, business and commerce.

A Queen’s graduate, Michael Ryan is vice-president and general manager of Bombardier Aerospace in Northern Ireland.

And Northern Ireland’s former Lord Chief Justice Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore was honoured by Queen’s University today.

At this morning’s ceremony, Lord Kerr was due to receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws for distinction in public service and the legal profession.

Lord Kerr, who was elevated to the House of Lords last week, was Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland from 2004 until June this year. He is also a Queen’s graduate.

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