THE Greenmount campus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) was bustling with excitement on Thursday, June 30, as Agriculture students gathered for a graduation ceremony to celebrate student achievements.
This summer ceremony celebrated Honour’s Degree, Foundation Degree and Work-based Diploma students.
Greenmount has a long history of serving the Northern Ireland agri-food industry in producing high calibre agriculture graduates.
Invited guests, proud families and friends joined together as this tradition continued, celebrating the class of 2022.
At the ceremony Katrina Godfrey, Permanent Secretary, Department of Agriculture, En-vironment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), welcomed and introduced the platform party.
The platform party included guest speaker David Brown, President Ulster Farmers’ Union; Professor David Hassan, Associate Dean Development and Partnerships, Ulster University; Professor Nigel Scollan, GRI Director, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast; Minister Edwin Poots; Martin McKendry, CAFRE Director; and Manus McHenry, Head of Agriculture Education.
Professor Nigel Scollan was present to help celebrate the two years of study the BSc (Hons) Degree in Agricultural Technology students spend at Greenmount campus. Their degrees will be conferred at Queen’s University Belfast.
Professor Hassan conferred Degrees to the BSc (Hons) Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and the Foundation Degree Agriculture and Technology students.
David Brown presented Work-based agriculture awards.
In his address to the students, Manus McHenry was especially pleased to congratulate the first group of students to graduate with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sustainable Agriculture, validated by Ulster University.
This degree launched in 2021, with 32 students enrolling in first year and 18 students enrolling in final year, having completing Foundation Degree studies. Dearbhle McLaughlin and Nicola Mitchell were congratulated on achieving First Class Honours.
Mr McHenry also welcomed the BSc (Hons) Degree in Agricultural Technology students. This course is a Queen’s University Honours Degree delivered in partnership with CAFRE.
With 35 students completing their degree this year, CAFRE was delighted that most of the class attended to celebrate the two years of their studies undertaken at Greenmount campus.
Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Technology students Chloe Alexander, Daniel Fulton, William Hendry and Elisha McNama received special mention, all achieving Distinction awards.
Apprenticeship and Work-based Diploma, Level 4 student Laura Houston, Level 3 student Andrew Savage and Level 2 student Samuel McIlroy were congratulated on achieving top of their respective courses. Their achievement of studying while working was commended.
At the ceremony 35 poultry business owners were recognised having successfully completed the Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Agriculture – Poultry Production.
After the ceremony guests enjoyed the sunshine in the glorious Greenmount gardens where ice-cream, produced by CAFRE’s food students, was served.
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