Monday, 27 February 2012
Students from ECU’s Faculty of Regional Professional Studies were the centre of attention as they paraded down the main street of Bunbury.
Organised by the Faculty, the annual parade allows family, friends and members of the community to publicly celebrate with the students as they mark the completion of their studies.
Following the parade students gathered at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre for the official ceremony, which was attended by key local VIP’s including His Worship the Mayor of Bunbury, Mr David Smith and Member for Bunbury the Hon. John Castrill, MLA.
Graduates were treated to a presentation from Occasional Speaker and 2011 Social Worker of the Year, Felicity Creagh.
Felicity shared her experiences studying at ECU and her time as a as a social worker in WA, the Northern Territory and overseas.
“The positives of my work far outweigh the most challenging parts. It was such an enlightening experience to travel to rural and remote communities in the Northern Territory and to see Aboriginal people hunting, dot painting and talking in traditional language,” Ms Creagh said.
Scotland-born student and Bachelor of Surf Science Graduate Speaker Thea McDonald-Lee shared her experience at ECU South West, which allowed her to follow her passion for ocean science.
“If there is one thing university really teaches you, it’s that it’s not just about distinctions or high distinctions, but about communication, innovation and inquiry,” Thea said.
Following the presentation of graduation certificates, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox personally addressed the students, urging them to live by the ECU values of integrity, respect, rational inquiry and personal excellence and to pursue lifelong learning.
A Toast to Graduates was held in the Centre’s foyer giving graduates a chance to celebrate their achievement with family, friends and ECU staff before embarking on their new adventures.