Sunday, 15 September 2013
Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, fellow graduates, it is truly an honour and a privilege to be speaking to you all today. Firstly I would like to say congratulations to all those who are graduating.
I hope your degree has led you on the path you would like to be on. Choosing your own path in life is easy for some, you know the path you want to take. For others it is a case of trying a few different courses to see which one you prefer. For others like me it took a little direction from the people around you to help make a choice, my family saw my passion for computers and suggested I consider doing a computing degree at university. With their guidance, today I am proud to be graduating with a Bachelor of Computer Science.
I am sure during the course of your degrees there may have been many times where the thought of graduating was just a figment of your imagination. However, today that dream has become reality. ECU has helped us to get one step closer to achieving our goals. I have to say, the journey has been very memorable. Just think back to all the dreaded assignments and exams take to achieve our goals. In my case, the e-lab and library became my new home. Caffeinated drinks became my new best friend, especially when staying awake all night to finish assignments that should have only really take a few hours to complete, but procrastination got the better of me. I’m sure I am not the only one who spent countless hours on YouTube and Facebook.
But in spite of this we made it, we all completed our degrees. The journey might not have been easy and there may have been times where you second guessed yourself. The second year of my degree was not the best for me. I became overwhelmed and was unsure if this was the right path for me. I opened up and informed a cousin of mine of my uncertainties, while on a family trip back to the UK. I have to say his simple words of wisdom ‘Is this what you really want? Then just keep going no matter what.’ These words have got me through my degree. These simple words where enough to keep me motivated.
You may all have similar stories and special people in your life, who have kept you motivated. A chapter of your life has come to an end. Now looking back at our journey here at ECU. Do you remember when you got your acceptance letter to Edith Cowan University? The feelings you had? Were you anxious on the first day of classes? Perhaps, you got lost trying to navigate your way around the campus? Or were you anxious to meet the people in the same lecture as you? Despite this, we all made it through, the people we had met are now friends, and some are now lifelong friends. Each of you may have that one or more special memories of your time here at ECU. This could be funniest story or the happiest memory or the silliest event. These memories will stay with us for a long time and remind us of our journey here at ECU.
Today, like you all here, I am proud to be receiving my degree from ECU. All the hard work that had been put in has finally paid off. On behalf of all the students graduating today, I would like to thank everyone for coming here and celebrating our achievements. Thank you, for your continued support. Finally, congratulations to you all for getting to this point, I wish you luck on your future endeavours. Thank you!
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