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USQ graduates celebrate success

It has been a week of celebration for the University of Southern Queensland.

More than 1000 testamurs have been bestowed to graduates in four ceremonies as thousands of proud family and friends cheered on at the 2019 autumn graduations in Toowoomba.

Today (April 12) more than 600 graduates from study areas including Business & Commerce, Information Technology, Law & Justice, Creative Arts & Media, Education, Humanities & Communication, crossed the stage to be congratulated by Chancellor John Dornbusch and Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie.

Chancellor Dornbusch said graduation ceremonies were wonderful moments in the life of the University.

“I know that each and every graduating student here has a story to tell about their university journey,” he said.

“Some have relocated from overseas or travelled hundreds of kilometres to study here, leaving behind their homes, their friends, and their family. 

“Some have put full-time jobs and careers on hold to take up study. Others have taken on multiple part-time jobs, working long, late hours just to support themselves.

“You have shown commitment, dedication and persistence; and no doubt you’ve experienced setbacks and failures.

“These are the things that will give you the strength and conviction to meet any challenge that is set down before you in the future. These are the things that have made your friends and family so proud of you today.”

National Special Counsel for Shine Lawyers Jamie Shine was the guest speaker at the morning ceremony and National Youth Science Forum CEO Dr Damien Pearce addressed the afternoon crowd.

Over the past 52 years USQ has graduated more than 110,000 students and has a current enrolment of close to 30,000 students across a multitude of programs offered both domestically and internationally.

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Valedictorian Djorja Vico (Bachelor of Law).