Friday, 03 September 2010
On Saturday, 28 August I joined with the ECU community to congratulate more than 1,000 of our most recent graduates at graduation ceremonies held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
As the number of students entering ECU have been steadily growing, so too have the numbers of students graduating from our University. Because of this growth, an additional ceremony was added to the day’s celebrations, and for the first time, three ceremonies were held in the one day.
Graduating students were inspired by the words of our occasional speakers: Principal of the WA Police Academy, Superintendent Craig Donaldson; ECU Professor and WA Australian of the Year for 2010, Professor Ralph Martins; and KPMG Partner and member of ECU’s Council, Ms Denise McComish.
Graduating student speakers Mr Michael Genovese, Ms Melissa Bradbury and Ms Aodong Mei were also an inspiration, congratulating graduates on their achievements, and encouraging them to apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt at ECU to improve our communities.
At the evening ceremony for graduates from the Faculty of Business and Law, we were also honoured by the attendance of the Zambian Foreign Minister, the Hon Kabinga Pande, who was awarded a Master of Business Administration (International) during the ceremony.
A ‘Toast to Graduates’ was held at the conclusion of each ceremony, providing graduates an opportunity to celebrate their achievement with family, friends and ECU staff.
Congratulations and thank you to the many staff who work tirelessly to ensure the ceremonies were a resounding success. I particularly acknowledge the efforts of our Chancellor, the Hon Dr Hendy Cowan, who presided over all three ceremonies, after racing from his rural home to make the first ceremony on time due to the unexpected illness of our Pro-Chancellor, Mr Steve Abbott.I also thank Manager of Public and Corporate Relations, Pip Elms, the Corporate Events team, Nicola Roszak, Kylie Hendon, Nicola Valentine and Janet O’Reilly and all other staff who played a role during preparations, and on the day itself.
Professor Kerry O. Cox *
* Professor Kerry Cox was Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from March 2006 to September 2014.