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23.01.13 As the University of Limerick commences three days of Winter conferring ceremonies which will see 1485 students conferring, including 70 PhDs, UL President, Professor Don Barry highlighted the continued growth in demand for UL graduates by employers; “ UL's Graduate Employment figures now consistently trend well above the national average. Despite the challenging environment, UL's graduate employment rate has continued to rise and our 2011 figure for primary degree-holders is now 16% higher than the HEA’s most recently-available national average figure which is 46% for 2010.” Attending the conferrings were, MA in Sociology (Youth, Community and Social Regeneration) graduates, Gillian O'Halloran, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick, Nora O'Loughlan, Thurles Co. Tipperary, Gillian Moloney, Castletroy View Limerick, Robby Corrigan, Raheen Limerick, Elizabeth Reynolds, Corbally Limerick, Diane O'Doherty, Rhebogue Limerick and Patricia Diffang, Caherdavin Limerick. Pic: Alan Place/Press 22