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Queen's University Graduations: July 8

Honours student who overcame her dyslexia

By Kathryn Torney

Published 08/07/2009

Anne Holland, Deirdre Morrow and Claire Reynolds who graduated in Economics and Finance
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.
Jane Lavelle, Rebecca Lavelle who graduated in Accounting with Spanish and Tom Lavelle
Cathy Kelly and Darren Fegin who both achieved a First Class Honours in Accounting.
James Cunningham and Cynthia Crawford who both graduated in Economics
BBC journalist Orla Guerin, who was awarded an honorary doctorate for services to broadcasting at Queen's University
Phrasie McLaughlin, Gillian Browne and Hazel Gallo who all achieved an Advanced Standing Diploma in Paediatric Nursing.
Laura Patterson, Linda Cassetts and Rachel Brownlee who all graduated in Nursing.
Leigh Curran, Chloe McAnirn, Gemma McAnirn who graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Nursing and Callum Botting
Carmel Cunningham who achieved a BSC Honours in Health Studies and Siobhan Donnelly who graduated with a BSC Honours in Nursing.
Charlene Patterson and Diane Martin who both graduated in Nursing Science
Sharon Nurse a midwifery lecturer, Vicky Thompson and Janet Hay who both graduated with a BSC Honours in Midwifery and Shirley Stronge another lecturer.

A QUB student with dyslexia will graduate with first class honours today.

Rebecca Donnelly from east Belfast struggles with writing, organisation skills and comprehending speech due to dyslexia.

She graduates today with a MEng in Computer Science, proving that the condition is no match for her determination.

Rebecca said: “I overcame the day-to-day problems by being aware of my difficulties and putting in 10 times the effort where it was needed. I had a rigorous time plan, took endless notes and started assignments early to give myself time to redraft and get them up to standard. Disability Services at Queen’s were really helpful and made sure I had everything I needed, encouraging me to work harder and do better.”

Rebecca did her placement with Microsoft and completed summer work experience as part of a research team in Budapest. She was also selected to represent Queen’s at the Undergraduate Computing Conference in Cambridge and the British Computer Society Women Undergraduate Lovelace Colloquium in Leeds.

Rebecca plans to return to Queen’s in October to commence a PhD in Computer Science.

Honorary degrees are due to be awarded today to Belfast-born actress Geraldine Hughes, renowned poetry critic Professor Edna Longley, renowned chemist Professor Amos B Smith and world-famous geoscientist Professor Minze Stuiver, who is due to officially launch a £6.7 million research centre focusing on environmental change at Queen’s University tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a man who left his full-time job of 10 years to study at Queen’s will also graduate today, proving that it’s never too late to embark on higher education.

Neill Murray (34) from Newtownabbey came to Queen’s after completing a HNC in Business Information Technology and getting a taste for academia.

He will graduate with a BSc in Business Information Technology today.

Neill said: “My biggest fear when coming to Queen’s was sitting exams, something I had not done from secondary school. I took all the help and advice that was available to me and now that I have completed my degree I feel excited that I have accomplished what I set out to do seven years ago.

“My degree at Queen’s is the best thing I have achieved to date.”

Neill, a keen entrepreneur, is currently exploring options to expand his computer maintenance business, Murray Computer Maintenance, that he set up in 2005 and nurtured while at Queen’s.

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