Seven Leaving Certificate class groups graduated from Piper’s Hill College on May 25. Their time in the college was celebrated in style in front of a packed audience in the foyer. A rendition of the song, Let’s be Young, from the students backed by the school choir got proceedings underway. Habiba Omar welcomed everyone and spoke movingly about her and her fellow student’s time in school and the sense of joy and expectation everyone feels as they embark on their new lives. This was followed by opening prayer led by Father Alex Kockatt. Students displayed symbols of their experiences in school depicting sport, academic progression, friendship and shared dreams. A very touching Ceremony of Light followed, members of the school community, teachers, parents and students each delivered a reflection on their hopes and thoughts for all the graduates. Prayers were read by Ana Maria Matei, Amber Masters, Brian Boland, Fraser O Byrne, Megan Duggan, Sarah Ogedengbe, Alan Halpin, Niamh Winders, Faith Aboderin, and Victoria Osarbo. James Delahunt read the final reflection of the evening which was followed by the Offertory procession led by Josh Mc Connon. Father Alex brought this part of the evening to a close with a final blessing and prayer.
This year, graduation included award presentations and there were numerous awards given out under different categories such as, Valuable Contribution and Academic Achievement. The awards were presented by management and Year Heads who also gave a flavour of the year group under their care and the individual award recipients themselves.
The main award recipients were:
Piper’s Hill College Senior Sports Person 2016 – 2017, Conan Doyle
Student of the Year Award Traditional Leaving Certificate, 2016 – 2017, Fiona Behan
Student of the Year award Leaving Certificate Applied, 2016 – 2017, Emie Kisombe
Principals Award Piper’s Hill College, 2016 – 2017 Traditional Leaving Certificate, Aoife Byrne
Principals Award Piper’s Hill College, 2016 – 2017 Leaving Certificate Applied, Shane Byrne
Mr O Connor Principal concluded proceedings by thanking parents, guardians, teachers and all other staff in Piper’s Hill College who played a role in the education of the students who were now graduating. He reflected on the transient nature of second level education and the challenges that young people face in life. The night was drawn to a close with a special mention of thanks to the Religion and Music departments who played a huge role in making graduation evening very special.
Pictured: Shane Byrne and Mairead Fennessy