Graduates celebrate achievement

Graduates celebrate achievement

Six young local women were among the 37 graduates from the Bega Valley, at the University of Wollongong’s Bega campus graduation ceremony held at the Pambula-Merimbula golf club on Monday, December 9. More than 250 graduates, their families and friends attended.

In her congratulatory address at her first Bega graduation since taking up the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), Professor Eeva Leinonen, who received the graduates, said it was very important for the university to reach out to the community.

“Education improves lives,” she said, adding that she is impressed with the diversity of courses offered at the university as well as the graduates themselves, some of whom are mature-aged women returning to education.”

Professor Leinonen applauded the work of local staff and the wider community in supporting the students’ achievements.

Arts graduate Brooke Innes gave the vote of thanks, making special note of the community feel of the local campus and how much support she and her fellow students enjoyed from the staff and each other.

More than 250 students have graduated since the university’s Bega campus opened in 2000.

The graduating students:

Bachelor of Arts: Shanice Briones, Georgia Brown, Damon Buckley, Donna Campbell, Hannah Cole, Stephanie Gibbs, Brooke Innes, Kerry Johnson, Graeme Meredith, Andrew Noyce, Jade Torr, Carly Wotton McMahon.

Bachelor of Arts Honours: Jodie Stewart.

Bachelor of Commerce: David Cowles, Hannah Johnston Hayes.

Bachelor of Nursing: Mel Callaghan, Megan Olsen, Vicki Sant, Miranda Shearer, Kim Taylor, Wayne Thomas, Sam Wearne, Sonia White.

Graduate Diploma in Education Primary: Michelle Bartlett, Sam Brown, Erin Feneck, Rebecca Foster, Mark Moses, Jessica Peart, Paul Schuhkraft.

Graduate Diploma in Education Secondary: Kate Benedyka, Charlotte Cheadle, Tim Dowman, Fiona Fulton-Allen, Kylie Gibson, Tanja Riese, Julie Slater.

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