Tuesday, 29 November 2011
On Sunday, 25 September it was my great pleasure to be part of the ECU community as we celebrated the achievements of our latest cohort of graduating students at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Graduation ceremonies are often the culmination of years of hard work for our students, and for many it is the pinnacle of their formal academic careers. Our three ceremonies on Sunday saw a total of 1,100 new graduates receive their testamurs from our Chancellor, the Hon Dr Hendy Cowan.
Graduating students were inspired by the words of our occasional speakers: Emeritus Professor Peggy Brock; former Edith Cowan University Pro-Chancellor, Dr Steve Abbott; and business leader Dr Janet Holmes à Court AC.
Graduating student speakers Ms Wendy McCracken, Ms Marcela Aguirre and Mrs Ronniet Orlando shared their learning experiences with their graduating class, congratulating them on their achievements and wishing them ongoing success as they embark on their future careers.
Following each ceremony a ‘Toast to Graduates’ was held in the Bellevue Ballroom, providing graduates with an opportunity to celebrate with family, friends, community leaders and ECU staff.
Organising three ceremonies of the scale of each in one day is a remarkable feat, and I thank the staff involved in making the events such a great success – our Manager of Corporate Events, Nicola Roszak and the Corporate Events team, Natalie de Ruitter, Kylie Hendon, Nicola Valentine, Janet O’Reilly and their colleagues.
I also record here our special thanks to our Chancellor, the Hon Dr Hendy Cowan, who presided over all three ceremonies and greeted the 1100th graduate as warmly as he had greeted the first many hours earlier.
I congratulate all students on their graduation over the weekend, and wish them well in their future careers.
Professor Kerry O. Cox *
* Professor Kerry Cox was Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from March 2006 to September 2014.