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Crossing the stage

Tuesday, 09 October 2012


Graduating is a great achievement – just ask the 1,100-plus students who crossed the stage at ECU’s graduation ceremonies this weekend.

Attended by staff, students, family and friends the day-long event consisted of three ceremonies to celebrate our latest graduating cohort.

Ceremony 1 saw students from the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science graduate in front of a packed audience.

Graduate speaker Ashleigh McEvoy spoke of her journey from the fashion industry to biomedical science, telling of her career change and her journey towards completing a Masters of Science by research.

Former ECU Vice-President (Corporate) Warren Snell was presented with a Honorary Doctorate. Following the presentation he led an inspiring occasional address which spoke about his 20-year career at the University.

The second ceremony saw students from the Faculty of Education and Arts graduate in front of family and friends.

Graduate speaker Alister Yuen entertained and inspired, sharing his passion for advertising, film and video and describing how he loves doing something different every day in his job.

Mr Ken Wyatt AM MP shared his journey from a primary school teacher to an advocate for Indigenous rights with his occasional address. He spoke about the importance of integrity and respect and how graduates should integrate the ECU values into their future careers.

The final ceremony celebrated graduating students from the Faculty of Business and Law.

Vice-President of ECU’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) branch, and graduate speaker, Rebecca Huan Wang inspired the students with her address, which covered her time at ECU and plans for the future.

City of Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard was the Occasional Speaker. An ECU graduate, Mayor Pickard spoke of his journey from ECU to the mayor’s office. He spoke about how his time at ECU set him up for his future career and provided him with excellent opportunities.

Students at all three ceremonies were addressed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox who urged the graduates to live by the ECU values of respect, integrity, rational enquiry and personal excellence.

Following the conclusion of all ceremonies at toast to graduates was held in the Bellevue Ballroom to mark the special occasion with family, friends and loved ones.


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