The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar will address 197 medical graduates at University College Cork (UCC) in a special video message tomorrow (Friday, April 17th) as they take part in the University's first-ever online graduation ceremony.
Their graduation has been brought forward to assist the health service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking ahead of the ceremony, President of UCC, Professor Patrick O’Shea, said it would be an occasion to recognise the courage of Ireland’s frontline medical community and the resilience of the UCC students who have joined them.
“UCC has worked closely with the HSE on a number of areas to ensure our health service is supported during this time. Our frontline health workers have inspired us all in this anxious period and our medical students have shown both dedication and resilience. While we cannot hold a physical conferring, we are honoured that the Taoiseach will be our guest speaker, as together we underline the vital role our medical community is playing to protect our society.”
Professor Helen Whelton, Head of the College of Medicine and Health at UCC and Chief Academic Officer to the SSWHG is among a number of esteemed speakers who will address students at the graduation ceremony.
"These medical students have shown tremendous resilience and adaptability in responding to the particular challenges posed by the COVID-19 infection, including sitting their exams early in a hugely stressful environment. They are to be commended on their valiant efforts, it is my great hope that they celebrate this momentous occasion at home with their families and those closest to them,” she said.
The ceremony will be live-streamed tomorrow at 3pm.