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Summer Graduation 2016 Archive

Graduation | 29 June, 2016

Queen’s University Belfast will today honour Brendan Mooney, Managing Director of Kainos, one of Northern Ireland’s biggest innovation success stories, with an Honorary Degree for services to business and commerce.

Graduation | 6 July, 2016


Graduation | 6 July, 2016

Queen’s Engineering graduate, Conor Robinson, from Lisburn, will graduate today (Wednesday 6th July) from Queen’s before taking up a new role at the European Space Agency.

A medal student

Antrim student Ryan Murray was awarded the 2016 Cormac McAnallen Medal in recognition of outstanding performance and commitment in sport.

Ryan will continue to play for his county alongside his new job as ageotechnical engineer at Arup.

American opportunity

Bsc Geography student Clare Walls, who graduated on Tuesday 4 July , spent a year in New York attending Manhattan College as part of the Study Abroad USA programme.

During her time at Queen’s and in America the Magherafelt student volunteered at after schools clubs helping children from challenging backgrounds.

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Lanyon Building at Queen's University Belfast
28 June, 2016

US student Jessica Geiger, from Moreno Valley, California, will this week graduate from Queen’s and the University she has called a “home from home”.

Graduation | 6 July, 2016

Cormac Quinn, from Newry, Co Down, will graduate today with a MEng in Computer Science from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s.

Cream of the crop

Edele Copeland graduated from Queen’s today with a First in Mathematics.

For the past three years Edele has worked with Queen’s catering staff as part of the Graduation Hospitality team serving strawberries and cream, she is joined by her proud Food and Beverage Supervisor Colette Caldwell.

Class of 2016

Bronagh Roche, Derry, obtained her PhD in Statistics and Operational Research.

She was joined today by her excited niece and nephew.

Graduation | 4 July, 2016

A Queen’s University food security student is using her own experience with ill health to pave a career in healthy eating advice once she graduates this week.

Graduation | 30 June, 2016

A family history

Mark Jose, from Cambridge, graduated today from the School of History and Anthology 60 years after his granny Edna Cunningham graduated from Queen’s.

Edna obtained her BA in French and German in 1955 and her DipEd in 1956. Andrew is starting a MLitt in Medieval History at St Andrews in September.

Mature student

Sarah Johnston returned to full time education as an adult inspired by her son Dylan, she graduated today with a BA (Hon) in History.

Sarah praised the teaching staff in the School for the support, encouragement and understanding of her additional needs as a mother. She was recommend a return to education for everyone and plans to continue on a learning and teaching path in the future.

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Niece day for graduation

Director of Academic and Student Affairs, Wilma Fee, was delighted to watch her niece Lauren Beattie (left) graduate from the School of Pharmacy.

The same day sister Eva graduated in Law from Ulster University. Lauren, from Carryduff, takes up a pre-reg post with Gordons Chemist. Both girls received First class honours.

Queen's family

Head of School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering Trevor Whittaker proudly handed out degrees to students from the School today including his own daughter Jennifer.

Jennifer graduated with a BSc Architecture is exactly forty years after her father graduated in Civil Engineering. Her mum, Norah, also graduated from Queen’s in 1981, the same day Trevor graduated with his PhD.

Graduation | 4 July, 2016

Graduation is set to be an extra special day occasion for one Queen’s student today having overcome a series of challenges during her degree.

Claire Hughes

Queen’s student Claire Hughes who helped lead the world record-breaking Meccano Bridge, featured on news outlets worldwide, will graduate on today in Civil Engineering.

Claire was also one of 35 UK engineering students selected to receive the Engineering Leadership Advanced Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering. Claire is staying on at Queen’s to start a Phd in September.

Aimee McCabe

Aimee McCabe swops a mortar board for hard hats, bricks and mortar after graduating in Meng Structural Engineering with Architecture.

During her degree Aimee had articles published in Stucutual Engineer and completed a placement year with Albert Fry Associates.

Graduation | 4 July, 2016

Graduating this week from Queen’s is international student Ing Ho Kong, who will receive his MPharm degree.

Graduation | 4 July, 2016

Libyan student, Atif Madi, who had to overcome major personal adversity during his studies, will this week return to Belfast to graduate with a PhD in Pharmacy.

Hannah McMullan
School of Education
Stranmillis University College

As well as cerebrating graduating in Primary Education on Monday 4 July, Hannah McMullan marks the first birthday of son Aodhan. Inspired by the nursing staff who looked after her father and grandfather, both of whom died last year of kidney cancer, Hannah is returning to full time education in September to study Adult Nursing at Queen’s.

Graduation | 1 July, 2016

Deborah Wince-Smith, a world-leading voice on innovation strategy, and Sir Paul Nurse, one of the most significant figures in the field of cancer research and cell biology, are receiving Honorary Degrees at Queen’s University Belfast today.

Lanyon Building at Queen's University Belfast
Graduation | 2 July, 2016

A Malaysian student, who turned her back on a full scholarship to study in Malaysia in order to come to Queen’s, will this week graduate from the University with her Law degree.

Graduation | 2 July, 2016

A Queen’s University student is already set for business success upon graduation with her Law degree this week.

Lanyon Building at Queen's University Belfast
Graduation | 2 July, 2016

One of Northern Ireland’s youngest public representatives is graduating from the LL.B Law and Politics degree course at Queen’s today.

Graduation | 2 July, 2016

Colin Davidson, the Belfast painter whose portraits have earned him world renown, and Michael Brown MVO, Commissioner of Transport for London, are being honoured by Queen’s University today.

Award winning medical student
During her final year, medical student Grace Kennedy won several awards

These included Lavelle prize in geriatric medicine, Magrath scholarship prize in surgery, Peter Nelson prize in emergency medicine and Marion Simms medal in obstetrics and gynaecology. Grace begins working as a junior doctor in Belfast this August.

Graduation | 1 July, 2016

Talented medical student, Claire McLaughlin, will graduate today (Friday 1st July) from Queen’s with a degree in Medicine, before commencing employment as a Foundation Year doctor in the Mater Hospital.

Graduation | 1 July, 2016

Graduating from Queen’s today (Friday 1st July ), with her second degree from the University is Crossgar Doctor, Victoria Ellison.

Graduation | 1 July, 2016

A busy week beckons for Queen’s students Catherine Mullan and Adam McClintock, from Limavady, as in addition to their Graduation, the pair are set to marry on Friday, 8 July.

David Carroll

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Medical student David Carroll cofounded Queen’s Academic Medicine Society aimed at promoting academic careers amongst medical students. David will graduate on Friday 1 July and has secured a post as an Academic Foundation Doctor, which will see him balance treating patients with research.

Graduation | 1 July, 2016

Celebrating success at Queen’s today will be Belfast student, Jill Quigley who has secured employment with global employer, Zurich General Insurance.

Graduation | 1 July, 2016

Lisa Stafford, whose degree from Queen’s Management School has seen her travel to several cities in China, France and Belgium, graduates from Queen’s today having secured a graduate job with the British Council in China for summer 2016.

Graduation | 29 June, 2016

Marcus Robinson, the award-winning artist and film-maker, and Chris Browne, who runs the UK’s third largest airline, are being awarded Honorary Degrees today by Queen’s University Belfast.

Graduation | 28 June, 2016

Niall Parfitt, from Banbridge, will graduate from Queen’s with an Msc in Organisation and Management from Queen’s Management School on Friday, 1 July at 10.30am.

Royal Academy of Engineering Winners

Philip Parr, from Ballygawley, and Neale Watson, from Portadown, graduated today from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The pair were awarded the Engineering Leadership Advanced Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Philip is now moving to Bristol to take up a post with Airbus, while Neale begins a Rotorcraft PhD at University of Liverpool.

Isobel Clarke

Philosophical family

Isobel Clarke collects her BA Hon Philosophy and becomes the third generation in the family to obtain a degree at Queen’s University; her grandfather graduated as a mature student in 1956, her mother graduated in 1979, also in Philosophy.

Paige Havlin and Charlie Shimmins

From setting up model UN together to settling up home.

Couple Paige Havlin and Charlie Shimmins are moving to the Isle of Man after graduation. BSc Biological Sciences graduate Paige will join the ManxSPCA and Charlie, BA in International Politics and Conflict Studies, is joining the police.

Kelly McCaughrian

A novel approach

Kelly McCaughrian’s novel way of spending her free time has secured a two book deal. Her first novel, aimed at young adults, will be published later this year and she has already begun writing the second. She graduates with a BA (Hon) in English with Creative Writing on Thursday afternoon.

From gowns to Thrones
Queen’s student Lauren McGuigan, from Newry, graduated on Thursday 30 June with

She joins the globally successful television series Game of Thrones as a Trainee Editor later this month.