Sunday, 6 September 2009, 6.00pm
Chancellor; Vice-chancellor; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; fellow graduates; family and friends. It is a great honour and privilege that I have the opportunity to speak here tonight on behalf of the student body.
When I started my degree at ECU, I never thought that I would be here on this stage tonight providing a testimonial about my student experience; have the opportunity to express gratitude to those who provided support and guidance; and; be able to congratulate all the hard working graduates across such a variety of disciplines.
Although it might sound as a cliché, I am sure many students here would agree with me that studying at ECU has not only altered our knowledge, skills and abilities but also our perceptions of the world; helped us learn our limits and overcome challenges; helped us become more confident; and given us a new outlook for the future.
When I came to the university in 2004; I was a shy student right out of high school. I fell in love with the culture at ECU and I knew I wanted to be involved in the student community. From 2005 I became an active member of the Guild Senate and stayed on until mid this year. Although it has not always been easy being part of the Guild, I am grateful for all the experiences I had and the amazing people I managed to meet whilst being part of the Senate.
Further, I had the privilege of being both the Founder and President of two dedicated student associations- the ECU Student Psychology Society and the ECU Business Edge Society. As part of the committee I had the opportunity to work with dedicated students from my field of study and the pleasure of organising various events such as inter-university balls, theme functions, fundraisers, debate nights, workshops and sports events.
Being involved in the student community has always required a great deal of dedication and time commitment from myself and I would never have been able to achieve my goals as a student representative (and carry on with my studies) without the support and encouragement from my family. My family has always been my rock and I don’t know were I’d be without them.
We are all graduating tonight, but I have decided to stay on with ECU. Through the networks and connections I have formed here, I will be joining the Business Edge team as a Facilitator in the Faculty of Business and Law. I have also decided to progress my post graduate studies at ECU and I am proud to say that I will be starting my Honours from 2010.
For my experience and the experience of all the graduates at this ceremony, I wish to thank the incredible staff at ECU. I want to thank my lecturers and the professional staff who were always there to help and support. For taking me in, I wish to thank the Business Edge team; Professor Robert Harvey and most especially Dr. Maryam Omari.
To all my fellow graduates, I hope you received the most from your university experience and the next step will bring you new inspirations, achievements, rewards and be all you have dreamed it to be. Congratulations and well done.