Sea of black cloaks and broad smiles at USQ Graduation

Shoulder to shoulder, the newest University of Southern Queensland (USQ) graduates marched out of the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre passing a cheering crowd of proud family, friends, USQ staff and community members.

Among the sea of black cloaks was the morning ceremony Valedictorian, Bethany Macdonald, who earlier addressed her fellow graduates as they officially completed their university degrees.

The University Medallist and Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Arts student reflected on her time at USQ.

“USQ has equipped us with the knowledge and tools we need to excel in our chosen fields, and provided us with opportunities to put our skills into practice,” she said.

“For me, that meant studying in Germany and gaining industry experience – opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the University.

“As we each reflect on what we’ve achieved over the past few years we know just how hard we’ve worked, and how much support and guidance we’ve been blessed with.”

Miss Macdonald, who is employed with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries as a statistician, said as this chapter of their lives came to a close it was exciting to think about what the future held.

“For all of us, this is a time of great possibility, and I know we will continue to learn and grow.”

Rain did not hamper the air of celebration as more than 400 Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science students were celebrated at two ceremonies at USQ Toowoomba today (April 20).

The graduates also heard from guest speakers USQ Astrophysicist Professor Jonti Horner in the morning ceremony and former Chief of Airforce Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO in the afternoon ceremony.

The Honorary Award of Professor Emeritus was conferred upon three former USQ professors in recognition of their distinguished academic service – Professor Julie Cotter, Professor Don Gorman and Professor Thanh Tran-Cong

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Man and woman
Govinda Gaire and graduate Bineta Acharya, Banner - Bethany Macdonald.