Graduate recognition (Issue 14, 2009)

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Pia Larsson is congratulating Hanung

On 16 July a small group of sponsored students participated in a recognition of studies ceremony before heading back for their home countries in the following days.

The event started with an opening address by Mr Murli Thadani, Director International Business Development and Corporate Services, La Trobe University International College and Dr Wan Ng, the Associate Dean International for the Faculty of Education. Dr Ng congratulated the students for dealing so well with the new academic environment and challenged them to keep on learning.

The students sponsored by their governments to complete degrees in Australia were handed certificates to recognise their accomplishments by Dr Ng and by Professor John Delvin, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering.

The ceremony was followed by a speech from one of the students, Master of Educational Leadership and Management Indonesian student Hanung Triyoko. He spoke about the incredible experience of studying internationally and how it can contribute to one’s growth, not only academically, but also personally.

‘I would like to congratulate all my colleagues; this experience will open many doors in our futures. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to study here’ commented Hanung.

Pia Larsson, the Sponsored Programs Coordinator, concluded the event with a short speech congratulating the students for their perseverance and hard work.

Students and their friends and relatives were then invited for drinks and finger food, but the most popular activity was by far taking pictures in the graduation robe.

To find out more about how you can sponsor a student to come and study at La Trobe, visit our sponsored students page.