The University of Canberra hosted its graduation ceremonies in the Great Hall at Parliament House last week (5-7 April). Graduates from rural and regional areas were among those collecting their degrees at eight ceremonies.
The graduations were the last with Professor Stephen Parker as the University’s Vice-Chancellor, with Professor Parker stepping down from the role on 1 July, after more than nine years in the position.
He estimates he has seen more than 25,000 students graduate from the University during his tenure.
“I always look forward to graduation because it is a time that acknowledges and celebrates years of hard work and dedication,” Professor Parker said.
“Our graduates are now ready for careers in industries including education, nursing, science, law and many more. I congratulate them on their achievements and wish them all the best for long and successful careers in their chosen field.”
There was little time for University of Canberra graduate Adam Evans to celebrate his graduation on Tuesday, 5 April, before he was back at work.
The 23-year-old former Crookwell High School student described receiving his Bachelor of Building and Construction Management degree as a great relief.
“It was really four years of hard work, plenty of travel between Canberra and home, but it’s great to have my degree in my hands now,” Mr Evans said.
Mr Evans said some of his work mates at a large construction company were also graduating at the same ceremony at Parliament House. “The work that we are doing now really requires a degree and I’ve enjoyed my time at UC, particularly networking in the industry,” he said.
Mr Evans said his job will be his focus for the time being, but he’s got some travel plans locked in. “I’m heading to Rio to see the Olympics later this year, I’ll be spending a month or so over there,” he said. “But I really want to knuckle down and work hard before then.
Crookwell’s Jessica Gray is already putting her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science double degree to good use after scoring a job in central Queensland.
“It’s a different system to down here so I’m just adjusting,” she said. “A lot of teachers don’t do the double degree so the Queensland Department of Education liked the fact that I was super qualified.”
The 24-year-old added she is looking forward to getting married in August.