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Graduation speeches

Graduation speeches

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Graduate Speaker: Rocheal Lee-Lock

Rocheal Lee-Lock

Sunday, 31 January 2016

I am honoured to be selected to speak with you all on this most important occasion and maybe a little bit nervous.
As a Graduate Registered Nurse, I feel a huge sense of pride and achievement right now and I would like all of my fellow graduates to cast your minds back to day one of our ECU adventure

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Occasional Speaker: Professor Tarun Weeramanthri

Professor Tarun Weeramanthri

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Let me start with a phrase, which I haven’t been able to find the source of, but which resonates with me.

“The sea of knowledge knows no boundaries.”

That phrase reminds me that learning does not begin or end with a university education.

School of Education - Graduate Speaker: Daniel Shaw

Daniel Shaw

Saturday, 30 January 2016

It is a great honour to represent the School of Education’s Class of 2016 as graduate speaker.

This is a time to reflect upon the 4-year journey that we have just finished, which represents what at times, has been one the most challenging and rewarding experiences of our lives as we now start our journeys as the custodians of our nation’s youth and future.

Faculty of Business and Law - Graduate Speaker: Ms Kym Arnold

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Ms Kym Arnold

To my fellow graduates I would first like to say we are here, we did it.

Today is a day for us to celebrate the hard work and dedication we have put in over the last few years.

Faculty of Education and Arts - Graduate Speaker: Ben Croker

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Mr Ben Croker

What an incredible honour and privilege it is for me to stand here before you all today representing the graduating class of 2015.

Faculty of Education and Arts - Occasional Speaker Dr Don McAlpine

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Dr Don McAlpine

It has taken me almost a lifetime of work to accept that I may have been successful.

Faculty of Business and Law - Occasional Speaker: Gin Wah Ang

Sunday, 13 September

Mr Gin Wah Ang, CEO of Yanchep Beach Joint Venture

First of all, congratulations to everyone of you. You should be very, very proud of yourselves for accomplishing this goal. I know you must all be excited to get your hands on your degrees and run out into the world.

Faculty of Education and Arts - Graduate Speaker: Elle Edwards

Sunday, 13 September

Elle Edwards

I don’t know about you, but I have come a long way from when I started. From walking into the wrong lecture theatre on my first day with a notepad and no pen; somehow I have made it up here so I would like to share with you the tool box of skills that I am taking away after a fabulous learning journey throughout uni.

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Graduate Speaker: Marlene Tyrie

Sunday, 13 September

Marlene Tyrie

Good evening Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Distinguished Guests, Ladies, Gentlemen and Fellow Graduates. I'd like to start by saying congratulations to the graduating class of 2015, we did it!

Faculty of Business and Law - Graduate Speaker: Yvonne Willers

Sunday, 13 September

Yvonne Willers

Welcome Chancellor, The Honourable Dr Hendy Cowan, Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen and fellow graduates. Today is a celebration of hard work, commitment and tenacity. Congratulations to all the graduating students’ - on a mission accomplished.

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Occasional Speaker: Associate Professor Karen Bradley

Sunday, 13 September

Associate-Professor Karen Bradley, Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer for WA.

Tonight is the culmination of what I’m sure has been a challenging and hopefully also a very rewarding experience. You’ll be feeling a great range of emotions, relief that you’ve made it, pride in your abilities, a sense of reward in the recognition of your qualification and perhaps also a sense of excitement, trepidation and expectation as you think ahead to the next leg of your journey and what adventures and opportunities that will bring.

Faculty of Education and Arts - Occasional Speaker: Valerie Gould

Sunday, 13 September

Mrs Valerie Gould

Thank you to the Vice-Chancellor for the invitation to speak and welcome to all distinguished quests and the most important people in the room the graduating students and those receiving higher awards.

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Graduate Speaker: Sharna Bicheno

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sharna Bicheno

I am truly honoured that on behalf of all of the graduates here I have been given the opportunity to address all of you here today. I am sure, that for all of my fellow graduates there has been times of stress, occasions that have put us way out of our comfort zones, perhaps the occasional moments of panic and some extremely challenging experiences. Well we all have survived each of these moments and are now being rewarded by the recognition of our achievements and with amazing opportunities that are before us.    

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Graduate Speaker: Suzanne Pickering

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Suzanne Pickering

A graduation ceremony is an event where the speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.

Faculty of Education and Arts - Graduate Speaker: Scott Tapper

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Scott Tapper

Today is a day to reflect on the success of completing a four year course, persevering through one of the most challenging experiences of our lives and acknowledging our role in supporting the future leaders of tomorrow.

Faculty of Business and Law - Graduate Speaker: Taniya Bannerjee

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Taniya Banerjee

When I made the decision to come to and study in Perth I didn’t realise that one day I would be standing here and speaking to all of you now about my experience at ECU. Two years ago, I took a huge step in my life by packing everything up from India and I moved to Australia. I did this because I wanted to take a chance, to take on every opportunity available to me and it’s been the best decision that I’ve ever made.

Faculty of Education and Arts - Graduate Speaker: Chloe Adams

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Chloe Adams

I’d like to begin with a few words of wisdom from my favourite author: Jane Austen. “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Occasional Speaker: David Irvine

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Dr David Irvine AO

I am deeply honoured to have been awarded an honorary degree by Edith Cowan University and to be able to address such a fine group of scholars graduating today.

Faculty of Education and Arts - Graduate Speaker

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Wendy Law-Davis

I feel humbled and greatly privileged to be delivering this graduation speech. In giving my speech, I am going to use one of the indispensible tools of all Early Childhood teachers – Storytelling.

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Occasional Speaker

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dr Erica Smyth

Chancellor, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is a delight to be here today. Walking into this room of 2000 people who are all brimming with pride is a great feeling.

School of Communications and Arts, WAAPA and Kurongkurl Katitjin - Graduate Speaker

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Miss Elizabeth Aitken

When I was asked to speak today my initial reaction was one of sheer dread. Funnily enough this feeling hit me again this morning. I thought, what do I know? Who am I to speak for all these people?

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Graduate Speaker

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Ms Kylie Prior

I am sure all of the students graduating here today will agree with me when I say the road to this point has not always been an easy one. Before we started university we weren’t sure whether we were capable of pursuing a university education whilst dealing with the demands of everyday life.

School of Communications and Arts, WAAPA and Kurongkurl Katitjin - Occasional Speaker

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Mr Greg Pearce

To graduate in your chosen field is a wonderful achievement of which you should be very proud. Congratulations on persevering and getting to this day but, as I’m sure you’ve been told many times; this is just the beginning. Education is a privilege and shouldn’t be thought of as ending when you leave ECU. Hopefully you’ll continue the education process for the rest of your life.

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Graduate Speaker

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Mr Kenneth Eaton

Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen and fellow graduates.

My congratulations to all our fantastic graduates here today.

Faculy of Business and Law - Graduate Speaker

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Ms Sarah Clutterbuck

I have been asked to speak on behalf of the graduating students today - an invitation I was both honoured and terrified to accept. It is no small task to sum up four, five, and for some graduates, even six or more years of study - especially when there are so many of us from such varied disciplines, each with their own unique experiences and memories. But I'll do my best.

Faculty of Business and Law - Occasional Speaker

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Mr Brad McManus

Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, members of the Governing Council, members of the Faculty of Business and Law, distinguished guests, proud parents and above all, Graduates, good evening and thank you for the honour and the thrill of being here with you on this magnificent occasion.

School of Education - Occasional Speaker

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Dr Annie Fogarty

Thank you Chancellor and thank you to Edith Cowan University. To receive an Honorary Doctorate is a great privilege and I am particularly honoured to receive it in the essential area of education.

Faculty of Business and Law - Occasional Speaker

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Honourable Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC QC

Chancellor Mr Hendy Cowan, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox and other distinguished guests too numerous to mention, but perhaps most importantly of all, fellow graduands. Before going any further, I would like to join with the acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the lands on which we meet, the Wadjuk people who form part of the great Nyoongar clan of south-western Australia, and to pay my respects to their Elders past and present.

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Occasional Speaker

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Mr Steve Joske

I would firstly like to thank the Vice-Chancellor and the University for the invitation to address you today. I consider it an honour to be able to speak to you on such a memorable occasion as this graduation ceremony.

Faculty of Education and Arts - Graduate Speaker

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Ms Lisa Hannaford

Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, fellow graduates, I find it easy to pinpoint the time when I realised I knew where I wanted to take my life. I grew up on what was classed a 'remote' cattle farm in the heart of the South West, and being so rural, we were pretty cut off.

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science - Graduate Speaker

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Ms Priya Rabadia

Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, fellow graduates, it is truly an honour and a privilege to be speaking to you all today. Firstly I would like to say congratulations to all those who are graduating. I hope your degree has led you on the path you would like to be on. Choosing your own path in life is easy for some, you know the path you want to take.

Faculty of Regional Professional Studies - Graduate Speaker

Saturday Saturday, 16 February 2013, 6.00pm

Ms Nicole Teague

Good evening Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Fellow Graduates. Thank you for the kind introduction, my name is Nicole Teague and I would like to welcome you all to the graduating ceremony here at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

Faculty of Regional Professional Studies - Occasional Speaker

Saturday, 16 February 2013, 6.00pm

Dr Robyn Mundy

Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Council Members, Dean, Associate Dean, fellow Academics, guests of Edith Cowan University, families, friends, and most importantly: our graduates. It is an honour and a real thrill to be sharing this happy occasion with you. To graduate from University rates amongst life's big moments, and if the immensity of the achievement hasn't fully sunk in, in time I trust it will.

School of Medical Sciences; Nursing and Midwifery and Psychology and Social Science - Occasional Speaker

Sunday, 20 January 2013, 7.00pm

Ms Helen Grinbergs

In preparing for this address I tried to recall the occasion of my own graduation from the Australian National University some 20 years ago now and admit it is all a blur and the dinner and drinks with my fellow archaeology graduates and their families was far more memorable.

School of Computer and Security Science; Engineering; Exercise and Health Sciences and Natural Sciences - Occasional Speaker

Sunday, 20 January 2013, 3.00pm

Emeritus Professor Tony Watson

The Chancellor, the Honourable Dr Hendy Cowan, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, distinguished guests, colleagues, parents and friends of the graduates and  importantly the graduates of ECU who I congratulate on your success which brings you here today.

Faculty of Business and Law - Graduate Speaker

Sunday, 20 January 2013, 10.30am

Mr Anthony Scott

Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentleman and most importantly, Fellow Graduates. It is a great honour to speak at this ceremony today on behalf of all my fellow business and law students collecting their parchments, as well as those who could not be here for this momentous occasion.

School of Communications and Arts, Kurongkurl Katitjin and WAAPA - Occasional Speaker

Saturday, 19 January 2013, 6.00pm

Mr Scott Henderson

Chancellor, thank you for your introduction and I am grateful for the opportunity to talk this evening. Ladies and gentlemen good evening. Graduates I congratulate you on reaching a milestone in your life, and the commencement of what should be a very exciting period - exactly how exciting is up to you, and I would like to talk about a couple of things on my journey so far that may be of interest.

School of Communications and Arts, Kurongkurl Katitjin and WAAPA - Graduate Speaker

Saturday, 19 January 2013, 6.00pm

Mr Stephen Moore

It's an immense honour and a privilege to be standing here today as I'm sure many of you, for whom today marks your graduation, would agree. This afternoon, as I donned the gown, slid the sash over my shoulders and tried to figure out how to avoid getting hat hair with this thing, the immensity of the occasion hit me. For some of us, today marks the end of 2, 3, 5 years of study or longer, within ECU. But for everyone, as cliché as it may sound, it marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.

School of Education - Graduate Speaker

Saturday, 19 January 2013, 1.00pm

Ms Courtney Stott

Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Fellow Graduates. It has been a rewarding and challenging year for all who have been completing their Education studies at ECU.

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