Monday, 26 September 2011
Family, friends and members of the ECU community gathered on Sunday, 25 September to celebrate the achievements of ECU’s latest cohort of graduating students.
More than 1,100 students graduated on the day at three separate ceremonies, held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Faculty of Education and Arts was the first ceremony on the day, with more than 250 graduates, their friends and family hearing from Emeritus Professor and Occasional Speaker, Professor Peggy Brock. Emeritus Professor Brock is an international leader in the field of social and cultural sciences.
Graduates also witnessed leader in the national arts community, Mr William Gillespie OAM, receive the title of Fellow of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for his exceptional work in the arts community.
More than 500 graduates from the Faculty of Business and Law graduated at the following ceremony, where Honorary Doctorate recipient and former Pro Chancellor of ECU, Dr Steve Abbott, gave an inspirational guest presentation to the graduating class.
At the evening ceremony more than 300 graduates from the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science graduated in front of proud family and friends.
Occasional speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipient, Dr Janet Holmes à Court AC gave a personal insight into her life as a leader of in the WA community, including her position as Chair of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and management of her late husband’s company, Heytesbury Pty Ltd.
Following the presentation of their graduation certificates, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox encouraged all graduates to live by the ECU values of integrity, respect, rational inquiry and personal excellence and to pursue a dedication lifelong learning.
Each ceremony was followed by a Toast to Graduates, which was held in the Bellevue Ballroom, giving graduates a chance to celebrate their achievements with proud family and friends.