Early ceremony at UL for graduates of tomorrow

The Academy for Children graduation Ceremony was hosted by The Access Office in UL. Photo: Don Moloney

THE Academy for Children’s annual graduation ceremony was hosted by the University of Limerick’s Access Office at the University Concert Hall this past week.

The academy was first set up to support local primary school children in reaching their full potential and continuing their educational journey.

The ethos of the educational project is based on UL’s belief in partnership with the community and in keeping children at the heart of the decision-making process.

Seven primary schools from across Limerick – Our Lady Queen of Peace, Thomond Primary School, CBS Doon Boys School, St John’s Girls School, St Anne’s Girls School, St Joseph’s Boys, and Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School – all participated in the graduation ceremony.

In total 150 primary school pupils were awarded certificates by Dr Marie Connolly, UL’s Director of Human Rights, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 70 parents and guardians of the recipients attended the graduation ceremony and there was great excitement and pride on the day.

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The academy’s role is to open doors, expand horizons, and bridge the gap between the university and the community. It aims to introduce the university to those who may not be familiar with it and inspire future graduates.

The Academy for Children graduation ceremony is a testament to UL’s commitment to access and widening participation and it showcased the depth of work by the partner schools and the Access Office, UL said. Events like this highlight the power of education and the impact it has on the lives of individuals and communities.