More than 100 students were today graduating from the Enniskillen campus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).
Among today’s graduates is Andrew Ross from Larne who has successfully completed the three-year BSc Hons equine management degree programme.
Andrew — who is also picking up several awards including top overall final year student — has chosen to continue his educational career by undertaking an MSc in equine science at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales.
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Seamus McAlinney, head of Enniskillen Campus, congratulated all students receiving awards and prizes saying that today is an important milestone. He said: “As a graduate of Enniskillen campus, you have a reputation which will give you a good head-start in the industry.
“However, you should remember that your reputation is what the world thinks you are; character is what you really are.
“Your character is one of your most important attributes. As you leave college to make your way in the world, blend your education with your character.
“In the future remain honest and courageous. Set high standards for yourselves and live your lives accordingly. Combine your knowledge and skills with your character to make a difference to your industry and to wider society.
“Also take every opportunity to refresh your knowledge and skills for this will give you a competitive edge in the future.”
Among today’s guests are Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O’Neill and Professor Richard Barnett, vice-chancellor of the University of Ulster.
Mr McAlinney explained that the campus continues to attract increased enrolments on its programmes with 208 students participating in formal equine courses.
He said: “Despite the recession, Enniskillen students continued to achieve further success following their graduation.
Almost 80% of last year’s students are either employed or taking a higher level education course.
“Over the years Enniskillen graduates have secured employment in a wide range of disciplines, including competition yards, equine breeding and training, sales and marketing, administration and teaching.
“Employers comment most favourably on the quality of our past students, and knowing the calibre of today’s graduates, I am confident they will achieve similar success given the opportunity.”