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Higher Education Graduation

Graduation is an important occasion - a culmination of all your hard work during your time at Belfast Met. The graduation ceremony takes place at Titanic Belfast in November which is followed by a celebration in our Titanic Quarter campus.

Each year Belfast Met awards honorary fellowships to someone who has made an outstanding contribution in their area. This year the college honoured Novosco founder and MD Patrick McAliskey, and Suzanne Wylie, the first female CEO of Belfast City Council.

Patrick has led Novosco to more than 20-successive years of profitability and growth, and to accolades including Northern Ireland company of the year, as well as a top 100 UK companies to work for listing.

Since taking up the post as Chief Executive for Belfast City Council, Suzanne has been leading the Council’s new City Plan, the Belfast Agenda 2035, which is focused on growing the economy, attracting people to live in the City, City Centre Development, connecting our neighbourhoods to our City; and working & learning.

Belfast Met’s Principal and CEO, Marie-Thérèse McGivern, said: “We are thrilled with our choice of honorary fellows this year. Our theme for this year’s celebration is ‘inspiration and transformation’ and we have filled this brief with Mr McAliskey and Mrs Wylie. Patrick is at the top of his field and I know our staff and students were delighted to hear about how he founded Novosco and led it to become one of the leading managed cloud providers – a true local success story. Suzanne is a prime example of a female trailblazer – the first woman to take up the post of CEO of Belfast City Council. The council is a strong ally of the college and the Belfast Agenda 2035 plan – which is focused on growing the economy, attracting people to the city, City Centre Development, connecting our neighbourhoods to our city plus working & learning - is so closely aligned with Belfast Met’s core aim of making skills and education relevant while leading the city to work.”

Check out some of the highlights from our last graduation including a video, photos and student success stories.

Graduation Photos

Past Student Success Stories





East Belfast girl and NI Travel News Student of the Year graduates

WA Castlereagh girl is celebrating after winning overall NI Travel News Student of the Year Award and graduating from her course at Belfast Met with flying colours.

Lauren Willis (22) graduated from Belfast Met on Wednesday with a foundation degree in Travel and Tourism after previously completing her BTEC Level three at the college.
Lauren now works in the visitor’s Office of Hillsborough castle where she completed her placement.

Speaking from Titanic Belfast where the ceremony took place, Lauren said: “This has been a fantastic year – I was thrilled to win the award and have had a wonderful day at my graduation – it is also my dad’s birthday which has made it really special. I really enjoyed my course at Belfast Met – the tutors were fantastic and it has really just confirmed to me that I want to work in this industry.”




Markethill Girl Graduates with the Chartered Institute of Marketing

DMarkethill girl Kerrie Walker graduated with flying colours in her CIM Digital Marketing course (Professional Certificate) at Belfast Met’s Graduation on November 15th.

Formerly a student of Portadown College, the course helped Kerrie make a successful start on the career ladder helping Lurgan bakery – New Found Joy and parent company Alana Interiors build brand awareness through traditional and digital marketing techniques.

Kerrie said: “There is a large stigma with gluten free products and the skills I have learned have helped me raise the brand awareness and grow the sales of New Found Joy within the past year. I have already started my Diploma through the Chartered Institute of Marketing and I am looking forward to what the next year brings.

New Found Joy are currently supplying Gluten Free Traybakes throughout the North and South of Ireland and are currently exporting the products to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and confirmed an order for Saudi Arabia this week. I will be travelling to Chennai, India in January to meet with potential customers for export opportunities.”atum Tool Design is an independent design company who provide design and consultancy to major airframe manufacturers and their suppliers and to automotive companies. Here they discuss the impacts on the business of working with Belfast Met through the InnovateUs programme to enhance their manufacturing capabilities.






Newtownabbey woman swaps four gold medals for graduation scroll

A Newtownabbey woman swapped her Commonwealth gold medals for a graduation scroll on Wednesday when she graduated with her level five playwork qualification.

Kyla Mulholland (43) is fresh from picking up four gold medals for powerlifting in the Commonwealth games in south Africa and the mum of two who owns the Den after school club in Greenisland celebrated with her family at Belfast Met’s graduation held in Titanic Belfast.

She said: “I am delighted to be graduating today and my qualification has helped me so much for running my after school club business. We recently had an inspection and the improvements I have made after learning about new playwork methods in my course resulted in us getting an excellent review. It has also helped me become a more rounded manager. I have a little son who is on the autistic spectrum and the course has enabled me to help him more too. My Belfast Met tutor was just amazing, full of energy and positivity!”