26 May 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
Leaving Certificate students from Hewitt College in Cork will graduate this afternoon. Every year, over 90% of the college’s students progress to universities and third level institutions across Ireland and the UK.
Renowned psychologist and psychotherapist, Dr Fergus Heffernan, will give the keynote speech to a room of over 300 Leaving Certificate and repeat year students, and their parents. He will speak about the emotional well-being of teenagers, and the importance of positive mental health. The ceremony will be held in The Metropole Hotel. A graduation mass will take place beforehand at St Patrick’s Church.
Speaking ahead of the graduation, Hewitt College Principal Patricia McGrath said:
“In today’s intensely competitive and rapidly changing jobs market, it’s crucial that students emerge from school with a quality education that will allow them not only to survive, but thrive. With support, encouragement, and a commitment to bring out the best, the teachers and staff at Hewitt have ensured students are prepared for the weeks ahead, ready to avail of great third-level opportunities.”
This year a record 76,000 applications have been made for third-level college places, and points increases are likely.
Ms McGrath continued: “Extensive career guidance was provided individually to our students over the past year to help with filling out of CAO forms to enable them to make informed subject choices and career decisions. Our graduates are embracing the future with confidence, and we are immensely proud of them.”
The Leaving Certificate exams begin on Wednesday, June 8th with English Paper 1, followed by Home Economics, Scientific and Social.