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Graduate and become the action hero of your own life

Sunday, 31 January 2016

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ECU awarded Dr Don McAlpine an honorary doctorate in recognition of his stature as one of Australia’s most celebrated and highly distinguished cinematographers and directors of photography.

Dr McAlpine’s screen credits include Predator, Moulin Rouge and Mrs Doubtfire. As part of his visit to Perth, he will host a special guest screening of his film The Dressmaker at the Joondalup Pines.

Dr McAlpine shared his wisdom with the graduates, including the importance of doing a job, no matter how minor, to the best of one’s ability.

“Too many times, I have seen a crew member with great ambition performing a minor job not to their full ability. If you are exceptional, someone may reward you for your endeavours,” he said.

“If they don’t, you will have the pleasure and self-satisfaction of knowing you did your best. It is a very competitive world, and being proud of your own abilities counts for much.”

Building Western Australia
Also receiving an honorary doctorate was Dr Nigel Satterley AM, recognising his contributions to urban renewal, charity and medical research.

Satterley is Australia’s largest independent residential land developer. More than 250, 000 West Australians live under roofs in a Satterley Property Group estate.

 “Everyone has setbacks in life. No one can avoid them. When you lose don’t dwell on it. Move on and put your energy and focus into the next thing you want to achieve,” Dr Satterly said.

“If you have a positive attitude and learn from your mistakes, success will follow. “

Take control of your life
In addressing the audience, ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman urged the graduates to take charge of their own destiny.

“You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the action hero of your own life. There is nothing you cannot do – nothing – so go out and amaze people, impress people and inspire people,” he said.

Professor Chapman said it was an auspicious year to graduate, with ECU celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2016.

“Think about it, just two and a half decades ago this university didn’t exist. Yet in that time, we have rapidly developed to become an innovative institution with world-class facilities and successful alumni across the globe.”

The graduation ceremony for ECU’s South West students will be held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Saturday, 20 February 2016.

Prior to the ceremony, staff and students will take place in the traditional procession through the streets of Bunbury from 5pm.


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