Dean honoured to pick up Student of the Year Award
By Aideen O'Flaherty
Achieving the highest grade of the year with 11 A grades out of 11, giving him a maximum GPA of 4.0 and the highest possible marks, earned Clondalkin student Dean Flood IT Tallaght’s ‘Student of the Year Award’.
Dean, 26, received the award at the graduation ceremony where he was conferred with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in computing.
The past pupil of Moyle Park College told The Echo: “It was great to be awarded the top honour of the college, and I was particularly happy for my Mam and Dad who were in attendance.
“When I got back to my seat after receiving the award, all my classmates were quick to congratulate me, and everyone was happy I had won it.”
He added: “I found out I would be receiving the award the night before via a phone call from the registrar, and when I found out I was delighted.
“It was nice to see all the hard work I put in over the previous four years paying off.”
The bright graduate now works as an application developer for the Smithfield-based software company Workday, and he credits the skills he picked up during his college years for helping him to work in an industry he’s passionate about.
Dean said: “The course is really well designed to ensure the skills taught are what employers look for.
“All the lecturers are really passionate and are always happy to help, and they all take the time to get to know their students.
“I’m really delighted I chose to study at IT Tallaght, and I would highly recommend the course to anyone with an interest in working in software engineering.”