Sunday, 20 January 2013, 10.30am
Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentleman and most importantly, Fellow Graduates...
It is a great honour to speak at this ceremony today on behalf of all my fellow business and law students collecting their parchments, as well as those who could not be here for this momentous occasion. The work that each and every one of us has put in to our studies is why we are here today. The persistence and desire displayed by all of us to achieve our goals and reach our full potential should not be taken lightly, our road is now truly open.
This ceremony is a time to reflect on the milestones we have achieved throughout our time at University, and to celebrate these achievements with our loved ones. It's a time to thank all those people around us who have supported us throughout our degree. Those loved ones who have been too scared to come home during assignment and exam periods. Those who were always there for us, helping us procrastinate, and leave everything until the last minute. The love and support of each and every one of you has pushed us through, and led us all here today.
This is also a time to acknowledge the support and hard work of all the fantastic lecturers and tutors who have given us the skills and attributes we need to build solid foundations in the work force, not only in Australia, but internationally. The competence and expertise of all of you should be noted, and on behalf of my fellow students, I wish to thank each and every one of you. Standing here in front of so many happy, graduating students truly reflects the support and quality of teaching provided by the entire faculty and you should all be immensely proud of yourselves. Not only have we gained such extensive skills and attributes in our areas of study, as ECU students of the Joondalup campus, we are also graduating with a masters in finding a parking space. Our ability to see a prospective parking space in almost any reasonably flat surface is something that no student here today will ever take for granted.
Beyond the car park, ECU has allowed us all to study comfortably with the most advanced equipment and modern facilities we could ever need. While it may not seem that way now, I'm sure many of you will miss the laid back environment of university, not only are we all graduating with a degree, we are also graduating with many great memories and new lifelong friends. For many of us, our time here as also helped us better understand who we are as people and what we truly value in life.
On behalf of my fellow students, I would also like to thank The Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and all the university staff I have not mentioned, such as all those in various student support roles throughout ECU, you know who you are.
The journey we have taken so far is just the beginning. The skills and knowledge we have gained throughout our time at ECU has armed us with the education, skills and confidence we need to succeed in whichever path we choose from here. Many of you will now be moving into the work force or may embark in further studies. Some of you will probably just sleep for a year or so, or go travelling, whatever you choose to do from here, you truly deserve it, and corporate success will find each and every one of you if it hasn’t already.
Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you for embarking on this journey with me. While most of us don't know each other, we now all share a great bond as we have achieved milestone together. There are many faces here today that I will always remember as will all of you. The faces of those who would always ask that extra question at the end of class when everybody else wanted to go home, those students who would always finish their exams really early and leave the rest of the class baffled, as well as those students that always managed to look immaculate at an 8.30am lecture while the rest of us still had pillow creases on the sides of our faces. These people may cross your path again one day, as your colleagues, or perhaps in future studies.
When this happens, all the great memories of this time will come flooding back to you, and until that happens, may each and every one of you fill your roads ahead with a lifetime of new milestones, memories and most of all, happiness.
Thank you all for your attention and I truly wish you all the very best.
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