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UL asks students to record name pronunciations ahead of conferring ceremonies

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THE University of Limerick has sent a message to all graduates ahead of the conferring ceremonies asking them to send a recording of how they pronounce their names, to avoid any mistakes when called to collect their parchment.
The UL Ceremonies Office posted on social media: “Hey Caoimhe, are you tired of telling people it’s ‘Kee-va’, not ‘Kwee-va’? Let us know!

“We are asking upcoming grads to record your name on NameCoach, so it is pronounced correctly when called to collect your parchment on stage.”
Speaking to RTÉ’s Drivetime this week, UL Ceremonies Manager Aelish Nagle said that all Irish universities should do this out of respect and that the move ensures Irish names are pronounced correctly as well as international students’ names.

The students can make and send the recordings using the Namecoach app, which is used by 90 per cent of universities in the USA, as well as in schools and hospitals

Ms Nagle revealed that student feedback was very positive.

She said: “It should be used in other universities and getting people’s names right is the best thing you can do, it can only work in your favour.

“Conferring is often the last engagement with a university, so it’s nice for a student that their last memory is a positive one.”