Ó Murchú calls on DkIT management to engage with students over change of location for graduation
Local councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has called on the management and the President of Dundalk Institute of Technology to engage with students and staff regarding the possible relocation of graduation ceremonies at the end of this month.
Last week Dundalk IT announced that this year’s graduation ceremony, which runs from October 31st to November 2nd, would take place in the town centre rather than on campus as has been the case in recent years.
Initially the ceremony had been planned for St Patrick’s Cathedral but this was later changed to An Táin Arts Centre after students objected to it being held at a religious venue.
Students and staff remain unhappy about the graduation weekend being held away from campus and have called for a rethink.
Now Sinn Féin’s Cllr Ó Murchú has called for a rethink from DkIT President Dr Michael Mulvey.
He said: “I have spoken to representatives of the Students’ Union, individual students and their families on this issue.
“Before the decision to move the event off the DkIT Campus was taken, everyone was looking forward to the annual graduation event.
“I believe that the graduation should be returned to the DkIT campus, as students and their families had planned for.
“Any attempt to move the graduation to a Dundalk town centre location would need a greater level of planning and consensus. This could be looked at into the future, with planning and communication between all the stakeholders to happen at an early stage.
“I have spoken to a number of parents, who are now very worried about the negative publicity surrounding the graduation. People have also spoken about logistical difficulties that might arise at an alternative location regarding parking, the times of the graduation and limited spaces.
“I have written to Michael Mulvey, the President of DkIT, to ask him to reconsider his decision and to engage with DkIT students.
“I believe that this issue can be resolved quickly to enable students to concentrate on their studies and preparations can be made for a fulfilling graduation event.”