Welcome to #UCDGrad2020

Congratulations Class of 2020. You did it! It has been a joy to share in your celebrations…

Competition Winners Announced!

Over 4,000 students were virtually conferred with their degrees in the first week of September, across 14 ceremonies. Even though it may not have been the on campus event they had imagined, many took the opportunity to celebrate this wonderful achievement.

We celebrated #UCDGrad2020 by giving away a very special GRADUATION GIFT for one lucky winner! 🎉🎓

The Overall Winner received a €200 One4All Voucher, twenty €20 JustEat Vouchers for Honourable Mentions, and two special prizes from the UCD University Club for their heartwarming favourites.

The competition was open to UCD students graduating in 2020 from University College Dublin. For more information please see the rules of the competition.

You can find all of the photographs including the winning entries on Social Media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn) by searching the hashtag #UCDGrad2020. Be sure to follow @UCDAlumni while you’re there!

Resources for New Graduates

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We know how much you wanted to take those lake photos so try out our Zoom backgrounds!

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Take the perfect graduation day snap using our new Instagram Filters (follow UCD Alumni to find them).

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Discover tools and information to help you kickstart your job hunt from UCD Careers Network.

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Join the UCD Alumni Network to find fellow 2020 grads, mentoring opportunities, and more.

Messages for you from the UCD Alumni Community!

Once you graduate from UCD, you become a member of the UCD Alumni Community for life. Your fellow alumni are here to welcome you, to congratulate you on your achievements, and to wish you well in your next steps.

Flip the cards!

Over the past few weeks we have been collecting kind words, sound advice, and short video messages from fellow alumni, your lecturers, and the wider UCD community…

A message from Joanna Siewierska...

Joanna Siewierska, BCL 2019

“Take this time now that things have slowed down a bit. Think about what you really want. Think about where you want to go. And then take that step!”

A message from Rosli Ahmad...

Rosli Ahmad, PhD International Marketing 2012

In the midst of this Covid 19 Pandemic – the world community has come together to brace the impact of this pandemic by putting aside race religion & country sentiments . Like they say – we are all in it together & together we shall prevail. There is always a positive side to every tragedy & the future will surely turn our to be brighter for all of your venturing into the working world after campus life . My hard felt congratulations to all of you on your achievements and not forgetting all those that make all these happened i.e our parents, families , friends & all the professors at UCD. May God shower you all with the blessings and happiness in your future endeavors.

A message from Melanie Curran...

Melanie Curran, BSocSci 1994

Dear Class of 2020, So you’re not getting to have the graduation ceremony, that does not take the graft of the preceding years. Well done on getting to this day and best wishes for where your qualification takes you. Whatever you do in life, try always to enjoy it, have fun and be kind.

A message from Kevin Flynn...

Kevin Flynn, MB BcH BAO 1957

New and future graduates will be the investigators and discoverers in Science, Medicine and Microbiology to prepare you and your future families for more Pandemics.
Congrats and Good Luck

A message from Michelle Power...

Michelle Power, BA Hons 2001

Hi Class of 2020! A massive congrats to you all on your wonderful achievement. I know it is not the ideal circumstances to graduate under but I also know it won’t hold you back either. You are set up with a fantastic education, all that is left now is to go forth and use it…leap and the net will appear!

A message from Anton Marinovich...

Anton Marinovich, MBS 2003

To quote Thomas Jefferson (US President): “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

A message from Niamh O'Connell...

Niamh O'Connell, BA Hons International, French & Spanish 2000

The resilience you are developing this year will stand to you in your future careers. Take it one day at a time, follow your heart and you will enjoy it all.

A message from Tanvi Girish...

Tanvi Girish, MSc Computer Science 2018

Graduation isn’t the end of a journey, its a beginning of one. Have fun on yours!

A message from Dr Nessa Winston...

Dr Nessa Winston, BSocSci 1988 & Associate Professor School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Dear Class of 2020. Many congratulations!
I am so proud of you all. Final year is always a very tough year but this year was   crazy. I know just how much pressure was on so many of you and was touched by your determination and focus despite it all.
I wish you the very best of luck with your future career and life in general. It is not farewell but au revoir I hope., as I do encourage you to stay in touch. I really like to hear from my graduates about where they are working. My students always like to hear about the destinations of our graduates too.

Wishing you a successful, happy and healthy future.

A message from Pravar Agrawal...

Pravar Agrawal, MSc Computer Science 2016

“As long as you work hard, you’re doing the right thing and things will work out!”

A message from Ciaran Hynes...

Ciaran Hynes, BA History & Politics 1998

If you have Passion, Belief, Persistence and Gratitude… Ultimately you will be successful.

A message from D'Arcey Ann Jackson...

D'Arcey Ann Jackson, BA (hons) Pure Economics 1989

Congratulations everyone on this fantastic achievement! A very special congratulations to the students from the School of Computer Science. Wishing you a wonderful day full of celebration! I hope that you will come back to visit us and share your success stories!

A message from Gerald Fleming...

Gerald Fleming, BSc 1978 & MSc 1981

“What you have achieved is wonderful and what is ahead of you is even more so!”

A message from Clár Ní Bhuachalla...

Clár Ní Bhuachalla, MA 2013 & Director, Gaeltacht UCD

Guíom gach rath oraibh sa todhchaí, i bhur ngairmeacha agus i bhur saol pearsanta.

Go raibh tú daibhir i mí-áidh
Agus saibhir i mbeannachtaí
Go mall ag déanamh namhaid, go luath a déanamh carad,
Ach saibhir nó daibhir, go mall nó go luath,
Nach raibh ach áthas agat
Ón lá seo amach.

A message from Namrata Basu...

Namrata Basu, MSc Business Analytics 2019

This batch is a special one since it showed the whole world how virtual learning has a promising future and is as efficient as physical presence in the university.

A message from Shaunagh Connaire...

Shaunagh Connaire, BComm 2006

“The best advice I was given was life is not a dress rehearsal, you have to go out and get what you want!”

A message from Gillian Pye...

Gillian Pye, Associate Dean (Undergraduate), College of Arts and Humanities Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in German, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Celebrate this moment, be proud of what you have achieved and embrace the new!

A message from Jenny Hayes...

Jenny Hayes, BA 2007

Congrats to the Class 2020. You will always have graduated, how you experienced it will not matter as much as your achievement. So feel proud and move forward.

A message from Gabriel Teng...

Gabriel Teng, BBS 2017

Hey Class of 2020! A quote from me (in Singapore) to you at UCD. “If you want to reach your goals and dreams, you cannot do it without discipline.” Please remember to always enjoy the process. Cheers 🙂

A message from Adamaria Perrotta...

Adamaria Perrotta, Lecturer/Assistant Professor School of Mathematics and Statistics

“Dreams are not those which come while we are sleeping, but dreams are those when you don’t sleep before fulfilling them.” And now, keep going!
Ad maiora

A message from Bernard Kennedy...

Bernard Kennedy, MSc Psychotherapy 2004

Enjoy your time of education. Be assured of your competence and ability. You have proven your ability and endurance. You have done well and more. Always love education ongoing. Well done.

A message from Aditi Mittal...

Aditi Mittal, MSc International Business - Incoming Student

Hello to class of 2020! The ones who shall not be forgotten in generations to come 🙂
As an incoming student of UCD, Smurfit, I can wish you the best of luck for future! I have had the opportunity to interact with lot of you virtually before even joining the campus. I can only imagine, the courage and strength you all needed to cross one of your most tricky phases of life! But you shall come out of this with flying colours. If you can get through your graduation during such a global crises, you have the ability to fight against any hurdle! All of us are looking at you with nothing but awe of inspiration.


A message from Peter Donnelly...

Peter Donnelly, Lecturer/Assistant Professor. Programme Director BSc Mental Health Nursing

Dear Graduates. What a great achievement in a time of enormous difficulty and stress. Well done.
This is a huge accomplishment and it will benefit you in the way you approach life, and it’s inevitable problems, and utilise your new skills. Hearty congratulations.

A message from Ria Flom...

Ria Flom, UCD Alumni Relations Coordinator

To all of the wonderful people graduating in the Class of 2020… Congratulations! We are proud of you and all that you have achieved. Savour this moment. Celebrate it! And when you’re ready, launch into your next adventure. Wishing you all the very best! I’ll leave you with one my favourite quotes, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ― Howard Thurman

Never has a graduating class faced such uncertainty but yet such opportunity. You are all truly entering a new world, new ways of living, being and learning must be found. This presents great opportunities for you all to be part of the generation that will reshape so many areas of our lives, and I believe due to your excellent and rounded education in UCD that you will rise to the challenges. Our world – local and global may never be the same but maybe it will be better and more equal and just. Carpe Diem

I was unwell and unable to complete the MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions, or attend my graduation in 2017. It broke my heart. And so it is that, here and now, I feel a special resonance with those graduating today with a different experience to that imagined or maybe longed for. I hope you find wonder in this celebration with those you have walked alongside during this incredible and transformative journey just as it is. It is, like all days, a beginning. I’m sharing with you words from Kelly G. Wilson, one of the founders of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and wishing you all a lifetime of contacting gentleness and freedom, over and over again – even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard. Homework I want you to consider the possibility of transformation. I want you to consider the possibility that a freer version of you could grow and develop.. in any way you can imagine, and even more importantly, in ways you cannot quite imagine. .just over the horizon, just around the bend, unknowable except by traveling.

Congratulations on your graduation. Even though you are leaving college, always have an open mind and never stop learning.

Dear Graduates of 2020, By definition, you have become potential leaders of our great country. Let us concentrate on using our talents for the moral, spiritual and economic growth of all, and especially of the underprivileged in our society. Have, and give, a wonderful life!

You’ve made it! The world right now might look a bit scary, but trust me: it will get better and you will all make it big, I promise. Ad astra!

Comhghairdeas gach duine! What an achievement – even a global pandemic can’t stop you from achieving your goals and throwing up your caps (virtually!) in celebration! Always remember: “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” – Victor Hugo Xxx

Wishing you all the very best. I know that graduation day will be different this year. However, I hope that it will still be a special day for you. Best of luck for the future. Remember that good things can happen in unexpected ways at unexpected times.

Wishing you all new beginnings.May you find health and peace wherever life takes you.

This a great year to Graduate- a new world requiring an open, creative and enquiring mind and a mindset of “can do attitude”.

Congratulations on your well-deserved success and best wishes for the future. Keep up the spirit to fight against the odds- work hard, stay humble & focussed, never give up & be happy!

Dear Class of 2020, I wish you all the best for all your adventures and endeavours! We understand times are tougher than we ever expected, though I urge you to hang on to something you love and make it through this adversity. Good times, and all your life, lie ahead! So much to see, do and explore, such an exciting time in your lives when you have the possibility to veer yourselves anywhere you wish. Keep faith, and win at life through small joys! Cheerio, Shivani

This year
Hope is what you need
Even in dark times
Remember one thing
Everyone is with you

If you think all is lost
Stop to think of what you still have

Never give up
Overcome all obstacles with vigor

Have courage
Open your mind to any and all solutions
Positive thinking is key
Express yourself

Love yourself
Offer help to others
Live freely

To the class of 2020, congratulations on your graduation. Despite the current pandemic situation, you will all have amazing opportunities ahead of you, and have huge potential to change the world to be a better place. Be bold, confident and above all enjoy yourselves! Best wishes, John

Many congratulations ! – please remember “good comes out of everything” there might be some up and downs – there will be some uncertainties – it will all work out for you. Good luck and many good wishes. Perdita

Congratulations to you all on this your big day. Sorry you will not get the full satisfaction of attending a graduation ceremony with your families meeting your college friends and saying goodbye to your college. These times will pass,we will get through it and you will contribute to our national recovery. Best wishes for the future,stay safe.

Never try, never fail, never succeed.

Your graduation, like first communions, confirmations and weddings during the pandemic, will not be as you imagined, a happy sociable gathering of family and friends. While there won’t be a drinks reception in UCD, a large or intimate celebratory meal or party afterward that so many of us took for granted in past years, you still have achieved what made these celebrations relevant, the core for these, your degree. As a dear former colleague once said to me, once you have your education, no one can take it away from you. As the celebrations on the day fade into memory, life takes over, and you go forward with your degree, a valued achievement, that will assist you and help you through all that comes your way on life’s journey. I wish all new graduates, my very best wishes on this, special historical graduation. God bless.

Dear Students (especially those of you whom I have taught in the context of Italian Studies), I am so sorry that we can’t see each other in person to celebrate your big day. Congratulations to each and every one of you for battling through the difficult weeks of online learning through lockdown and for getting to this stage. If you can do that, you can do anything! I will be thinking of you next week, and rooting for your continued success. Siete stati bravissimi!

Many congratulations to the class of 2020 in what has been a very difficult year. What a great achievement! Wishing you all the very best as you journey into the next stage of your careers.

Congratulations! Completing a degree from a prestigious university is no small feat, so don’t underestimate your achievement. You should be proud. Finishing up college can bring with it a lot of mixed emotions: pride and happiness at how far you’ve come; sadness that it has come to an end; and maybe uncertainty and anxiety about what will come next. I’ve been there! Of all times to graduate, the current state of the world likely adds another layer of emotions and uncertainty. The best advice I can give you is that things will work out how they should. Even if you have no idea what comes next or what you want to do, keep looking, something will come up. Even if you spend sometime doing something different that you didn’t see yourself doing, stick at it. It may just be a stepping stone to where you want to be. You will end up where you’re supposed to, even if the path there meanders. Congratulations again, keep the head up, keep looking for what gives you meaning, and stay safe. John

You are over the moon…now reach for the stars.

Best of Luck to all you guys as you set sail on your journey of discivery post graduation – you are all so unique and resilient in graduating in this extraordinary year of 2020.

Congratulations to the graduates of UCD this year. It is a special achievement to achieve your degree and despite the strange times we are all living in, nothing can take away from your wonderful accomplishments. I am very proud to consider myself a graduate of University College Dublin. Through the passage of time, that pride grows all the more. It will with you too, wherever life takes place. Carpe Diem!

Facing unprecedented struggles, know that your hard work and patience will pay off. Life waxes and wanes and it’s how we manage the bad times that makes us resilient and keeps us healthy mentally and physically. Deep breaths and a realistically positive focus, with no hesitation to ask for help when you are struggling. For the good times: enjoy the privilege that comes with opportunities and happiness! You earned your degree so celebrate it and know that your hard work and sacrifices are a stepping stone to something larger or new for you all! Wishing you the best for your bright futures! Robin Feeney Assist. Prof. Anatomy, School of Medicine, UCD

‘All will be well and all manner of things will be well.’

All the best! I am a Graduate from Singapore – Kaplan UCD! Never give up hope!! There’s opportunity and hope amidst all panoramic situations. !! Have faith in God , he will bring you through. No matter which country you are at ! Always rejoice and be hopeful with your friends and family. All the best !! Congratulations!!

Heartiest congratulations to you on the successful completion of your respective programs! Best wishes to you in all that you do.

BSc Human Nutrition Class of 2020 – Well done to you all. It’s been a pleasure teaching and getting to know you all over the last 4 years. You have an exciting career ahead of you! Best of luck in all that you do, and remember to stay in touch! Enjoy your day. Big Congratulations. Eileen.

To the graduating class of 2020 (and in particular those from the School of Chemistry!),

I send you my very best wishes and congratulations on your achievement to graduate from UCD. You have all worked hard and had to cope with the very strangest of final years with virtual lectures, tutorials, project defenses and examinations.

Enjoy the day with your families and friends and it is a great pity that we cannot all celebrate your graduation together.

I wish you all the best for your future careers and keep in touch with your alma mater!

Pat Guiry

As a lecturer in Computer Science at UCD, I would like to congratulate all students being conferred today, particularly those receiving degrees in Computer Science, many of which I have taught. Special congrats to my PhD student Amerah Alghanim! Well done to all and best wishes.

Dear Students,
as Head of Teaching and Learning for the School of Chemistry I want to extend my warmest congratulations to each one of you on your graduation. This is a significant achievement under normal times, never mind during a pandemic. You really have earned this and can be proud. My hope for you is that some of what you have learned at UCD can help you make the world a better place to live for all life on the planet.
Eoghan McGarrigle.

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