Tears flowed freely as students graduated from Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, recently. Over 120 students donned their caps and gowns and graduated at a sometimes nostalgic ceremony in Croom Community Centre.

The event was organised to give the sixth year students a rousing send off on the completion of second level education in the school and featured a PowerPoint presentation consisting of photographs from a variety of occasions and excursions during the students’ six years in the school along with speeches from pupils and management. There were no shortage of tears during the emotional ceremony.

There were numerous awards presented to students who excelled in different areas. Mark Noble received the Student of the Year award. Cian Lannon, Kevin Conneely and Stephen Power received the awards for Mathematics, Irish and English respectively, while Lisa Hickey won the award for Best Contribution to the School Musical which is staged annually in the University of Limerick Concert Hall. Every graduate left the school with a personally engraved medallion along with a year group photo.

The event was conducted in a nostalgic and reflective manner. There were 500 people in attendance consisting of students, teachers, family and friends. Thank you to Cathal Fitzgerald, Davina Noonan and Stephen MacFarlane who organised what was a memorable occasion. Appreciation and recognition also to Noel Malone, Principal, and Ger O’Sullivan, Deputy Principal, for the wonderful day.

Great entertainment for the occasion was provided by the school choir and graduating students.