Celebration ahead for students
Three graduation ceremonies will take place, with undergraduate and post graduate students from each of La Trobe University’s five faculties in attendance.
Each ceremony will feature an Occasional Address. Marg Allan, Director, Organisation Support, City of Greater Bendigo will deliver the Occasional Address for Ceremony 1, Robyn Lindsay, Executive Director, Organisational Development, Bendigo Health will address Ceremony 2 and Nigel Vernon, Student Learning Case Manager, Girton Grammar School, will address Ceremony 3.
Suzanne Gould, who is visually impaired, says that she never could have graduated without the support she has received at La Trobe Bendigo. ‘I want people to know what a supportive and non-discriminatory place the campus is. Without it what I have achieved here wouldn’t have happened. Whether or not you have a disability this is a friendly, caring place where lecturers get to know you, not just your name.’
Graduands include La Trobe University staff members who have undertaken postgraduate studies.
Education lecturer, Susan Bennett, who is graduating with a Master of Special Education, says the course attracted her from Melbourne as it offered a research option and she was keen to learn more about current research methods.
‘I hope to contribute to research in Special Education within Australia as I believe this is an area of need. We have more students with diverse needs attending mainstream schools in Australia. Much of our special education teaching is based on research conducted in other countries such as the UK and USA and I would like to see more research in special education conducted locally,’ said Ms Bennett.
‘I enrolled as a part time student and travelled back and forth with my husband staying in Bendigo for short periods and with each visit we came to discover what a great place Bendigo was to live until we finally both decided to come here to live in Bendigo. Now that I have completed my course I am working as lecturer in the Faculty of Education and planning further research.’
Alistair Stewart is a course coordinator in outdoor and environmental education. He has completed his study over the past few years while continuing to advance his career and have two children with his partner, Kathleen Pleasants. Ms Pleasants, who graduated with a Master’s degree in 2008, says ‘It’s worth acknowledging the males among us who manage to succeed in similar ways to women who work and raise children. Alistair certainly hasn't pulled the “my career is more important” card when I was studying.’
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