PUPILS of St Clement’s College Leaving Cert class had their graduation ceremony in the school last week.
The graduation takes place annually and is the highlight of the school calendar, according to a representative of the school, who said the ceremony marks six years of dedication by both staff and students in reaching the significant milestone.
The ceremony was presided over by Fr Seamus Enright, who commended the graduating students for their dedication, work ethic, and their handling of the challenges presented to them during the Covid-19 lockdown period.
Fr Enright himself outlined his association with the college in his address to the outgoing students. He served as chairman of the Board of Management for sixteen years and was on the Board of Trustees for over two decades.
Speaking at the graduation, Fr Seamus said: “This year’s graduates should live their lives to the full and not waste any time”.
A presentation was made to Fr Enright by school principal Pat Talty to acknowledge 25 years of involvement with the college.
Mr Talty said: “Over the last twenty years, he has been chairperson of our Board of Management for most of the term and has been Rector of the Redemptorist community in Limerick for fourteen of the last 20 years.”
This year’s graduation had a theme of friendship, which was to play a pivotal role throughout the proceedings. While there were many awards on the day, the main event saw Cian O’Byrne receive the Student of the Year award.
Speaking about the graduates, Mr Talty said: “I am delighted to welcome the Leaving Cert students and their parents to the graduation day as it is one of the most important dates in the school calendar. It marks the end of a phase in the student’s life that started in St Clement’s six years earlier.”