Commencement exercises held on Friday, 6th November 2015

American College Dublin held its Commencement exercises on Friday, 6 November 2015 at St. Ann's Church on Dawson Street at 09:30 am. The graduating students were conferred with degrees in several disciplines, including liberal arts, international business, creative writing and hospitality management.  The graduating students come from more than fifteen countries around the world, including Ireland, the United States of America, Botswana, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, India, Jordan, Libya, Nigeria and Russia.

The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Gerald Kean, who was born in Cork and studied at University College Dublin, graduating with a Bachelor of Common Law. In 1980 he was admitted to the New York Bar. In the 1980s he established his own practice, Keans Solicitors, which rapidly developed into a flourishing firm specializing in accident litigation, company law, employment law and property, and entertainment and sporting law. Dr Kean has held honorary consulships to the Republic of Ireland of Chile and Mauritius, and has sat as chairman of numerous Irish companies. Dr Kean has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Irish American University since 2007.

Grad 2015 Gerald Kean

Dr. Gerald Kean, giving the keynote address


An honorary degree was awarded to Dame Joan Hanly, who was born in New York City. She has resided in Ireland since the 1950s. Dame Joan has been a noted philanthropist through the foundation she established with her late husband, Dáithi, the Kennedy Hanly Foundation. Among the beneficiaries of the foundation’s generosity has been Irish American University, which Dame Joan and her family have actively supported for two decades. 

Grad 2015 Dame Joan Hanly

(l-r) President Donald E. Ross, Dame Joan Hanly receiving her honorary degree, Mrs. Helen L. Ross


Grad 2015 Rachel Hale

Rachel Hale, BA (Hons) International Business, giving the welcome address

Rachel concluded her speech with a very poignant quote from Dr. Suess, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go.”


Grad 2015 Maeve Martin

Dr. Maeve Martin presents the statement of directives to begin the QQI award ceremony


The Undergraduate Student of the Year Award is presented to the student who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance in one of our undergraduate degree programmes and this year it was presented to Maria Salisbury.

Grad 2015 Maria Salisbury

(l-r) Maria Salisbury, Mrs. Helen L. Ross


The trustees medal is awarded to a student who has exhibited outstanding leadership, loyalty and service to the university.  this year the medal went to Kadri Lumila.

Grad 2015 Kadri Lumila

(l-r) Kadri Lumila, Robert Martinelli, Board of Trustees American College Dublin


The Irish American University Medal is awarded to a graduate who in the course of his or her studies has demonstrated qualities of perseverance, character and dedication that embody the Irish American University mission, vision and spirit. The 2015 winner is Simeon Mode.

Grad 2015 Stuart Dwyer

(l-r) Simeon Mode, Stuart Dwyer


The Irish American University Graduate Student of the Year Award is presented to the student who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance in completing one of the institution’s master’s degree programmes. Ekaterina Tikhomirova is this year's winner.

Grad 2015 Seamus Mallon

(l-r) Ekaterina Tikhomirova, Seamus Mallon


Some of 2015 Graduates

Grad 2015 Graduates

(l-r) Balrajpal Singh, Abdul Basith Mohammad, Maria Salisbury, Collins Nwaka and Kayla Layton


Members of our faculty who joined us on this special day.

Grad 2015 Faculty

(l-r) Rowland Crawte, Vincent McDonald, Dr. Rory McEntegart, David Webb, Johnny McCoy, Dr. Piotr Sadowski