GMIT graduate wins ‘Graduate of the Year’ at the Irish Hospitality Institute National Awards
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Friday, December 18, 2015
Veronica Byrne, a graduate of the College of Tourism and Arts (CTA) in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has won the 2015 Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) Graduate of the Year Award, at a ceremony held recently in the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin.
The IHI Graduate of the Year award recognises excellence by recent graduates in the tourism and hospitality industry. This national award is presented to a graduate from a hospitality management programme who demonstrates creativity in an academic environment and displays an aptitude for success.
Veronica Byrne, originally from Athlone and now living in Co. Clare, graduated from the BA (hons) in Hotel and Catering Management in November 2015 with a first class honours degree. Returning to her studies in 2013 after a twenty-year gap, Veronica initially completed a Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management and earned a distinction for her academic efforts. She won the GMIT Academic Achievement award this year for the highest scoring student in her class, and was chosen to speak at the GMIT conferring ceremony in November. Veronica, currently working as an Events Executive, is continuing on with her studies and is undertaking a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Development.
Cáit Noone, Head of GMIT College of Tourism and Arts (CTA), said the college is delighted with Veronica’s success. “This accolade reflects Veronica’s talents and hard work, while also acknowledging teaching excellence in GMIT’s College of Tourism and Arts. As a mature student returning to higher education, Veronica was a brilliant leader in her class. Her outstanding work ethic, her dedication to the tourism industry and her determination and focus made her the perfect role model. I have no doubt she will achieve many great things in her career and we in GMIT will continue to support her.”
GMIT College of Tourism and Arts Graduate Veronica Byrne (middle), winner of the 2015 Irish Hospitality (IHI) Graduate of the Year Award, pictured with (left) Dr Fergal Barry, President of GMIT and (right) Cáit Noone, Head of College Tourism and Arts.