The Minister of Education paid tribute to two students who had left Cert who had passed away before being able to collect their results today.
Jack McGrath died in hospital after being involved in a car accident in Co Cork while driving to collect his parents from his wedding on Saturday morning.
And Jessica Moore of Co Galway passed away Monday after falling ill at her Debs.
Minister Joe McHugh said: "My thoughts are with a number of young students leaving the Cert who are supposed to collect exam papers this morning, and there will be none, as will other youth who have lost family members along the way."
About 56,071 students passed the exam this year, as well as 2,716 others from the Leaving Cert application program.
English was the most popular upper-level exam, with over 40,000 students passing the honors, followed by Biology and Irish, while 18,000 passed the honors math exam.
Tenor niece Conor McGregor was among the exams.
In an Instagram post, Erin said: "Education is not easy for everyone, many don't like it, some like it, some hate it, and some need extra help.
"Remember that your results do not determine who you are as a person. Follow your dream, what you may be bothered by and hard work. "
Meanwhile, Demi Young Offenders star Isaac Oviawe said it was sweet to her because her late parents were not there to celebrate her results with her.
Her mom Joy died when she was five and her father Joe passed away when Demi was only 15 years old.
The 18-year-old, who plays Linda in the hit show, said: “I can imagine my father working backwards. He was the person who taught me that education was not a luxury.
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"His father passed away when he was young, which meant that my father had to become a breadwinner. Anyone who came from what he really appreciated would appreciate what I have. "
Only five students in the country received maximum points with eight H1s.
Among them was Michael O'Grady of Mallow, Co Cork, who said: "It was just crazy. I didn't expect that. My parents are elated. "