Graduations more than piece of paper

Graduations more than piece of paper

03 May 2011

Recently appointed Chancellor of La Trobe University, Professor Adrienne Clarke AC will confer the awards at this year’s graduation ceremonies in Bendigo on 5 and 6 May.

Graduates Sally-Anne Stoel and Jannelle Woodfine wait to recieve their diplomasThe graduations mean more to students than being handed a piece of paper. Every graduate will find a very different significance in the event.
 
For Luke Newell, it will be a chance to move on. He and his family will be another step away from the devastation caused when his family home in the Kerang/Boort area was flooded in January.
 
‘Graduating feels fantastic. After four years of uni I’ve had a lot of fun and made lots of friends, and now that we are all getting jobs there is a sense of realism setting in’ said Mr Newell.

Mr Newel, who has found work as a teacher of outdoor education at the Boort District School, is one of 860 students who are graduating from La Trobe’s Bendigo campus.

Luke Bott is in the first cohort of graduates of the Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning course. Graduation for Mr Bott will be the end of just one step in a process of career renewal which started four years ago.

‘I joined the army straight out of high school. I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career and I hoped that this would point me in the right direction’ Mr Bott said.

‘It was (in) the last couple of years that I decided that I wanted to go to university and pursue a new career.’ 

That career is now blossoming. Mr Bott has walked straight out of university and into a job at VicRoads as a strategic planning officer. This could not have happened without the skills he learned in the Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning course and through the work experience that was an integral part of the degree.

Graduation will also be a chance for students to celebrate their significant academic achievements.
Janelle Woodfine received high marks in her Honours year of a pharmacy course and will receive the Pharmaceutical Society Golden Award on graduation day. This is the highest award that a pharmacy student can receive. Ms Woodfine is playing down this remarkable achievement.

‘I was just happy and relieved to hear that all my hard work throughout the year had paid off.’
 
Several staff members who have upgraded their academic skills are also in this year’s contingent of graduates.

La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus executive director, Mr Andrew Skewes says that this is an exciting time for students.
 
‘They have worked hard over their time here and all will go away with a lifetime of memories – not to mention the skills needed to get the best out of their careers. This is an opportunity for them to celebrate their success with friends and family and we congratulate them all on their achievement.’

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What? La Trobe’s Bendigo Campus graduation ceremonies for graduates of five faculties.

  • 9am Thursday 5 May – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering
  • 1pm Thursday 5 May – Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law and Management
  • 9am Friday 6 May – Faculty of Education

Where? Bendigo Stadium, Marong Road, Bendigo.
 
BACKGROUND ON A SELECTION OF GRADUATES

Thursday 5 May, 9.00 am

• Naomi Sheppard was the only girl to graduate for the year with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. Her lecturers have noted that she was one of the highest achievers in her class.
• Janelle Woodfine studied pharmacy and achieved high marks in Honours. She will receive the Pharmaceutical Society Gold Medal, which is the highest award a pharmacy student can get.
• Luke Bott is a young mature aged student who has walked straight into a job after university. After serving in the army Luke enrolled in a Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning course. He has also been heavily involved in La Trobe’s Peer Mentoring Program. Luke is now employed at Vic Roads as a Strategic Planning Officer.
• La Trobe Administration Officer, Sally-Ann Stoel is graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours, majoring in photography.
• Chris Atkins lectures in photography at La Trobe. He is graduating with a Master of Visual Arts (research).

Thursday 5 May 1.00 pm

• Nicholas Guerra will graduate with a Bachelor in Business. He was a multiple prize winner throughout his studies, including the Faculty of Law and Management Dean’s Commendation Award – Undergraduate (2009)

• Joshua Naunton will graduate with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree. Josh says ‘In my final year of study as a physiotherapy student, I spent some time tutoring a second year physiotherapy student. This was a great opportunity that provided both support to the second year student and a chance to refresh my own knowledge. It also gave me confidence that my study had provided me with the knowledge needed to practice as a physiotherapist.’

• Nigel Barrow will be graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce. Nigel works in the Faculty of Education as a Finance and Resources Officer.
• Staff member, Kerrie Gamble is a lecturer in nursing. She will graduate with a Master of Health Sciences.


Friday 6 May 9.00 am
 
• Luke Newell completed a Bachelor of Physical and Outdoor Education 2010.  His family home in the Kerang/Boort areas was flooded in January.  Luke’s sister Sarah is a 2008 BA Nature Tourism Honours graduate who now works for the North Central Catchment Management Authority.  In her role there she is very much involved with the flood response.
• Amy Northwood is one of several students who are part of a new trend where students enrol concurrently in the BA (Outdoor Education) and the BA (Nature Tourism).  These students were so enthusiastic about the subjects offered in Outdoor and Environmental Education that they wanted to do everything.  So they did, earning two degrees in the process. 
•  Staff members, Zali Yager and Brendon Munge have completed a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education. They are both lecturers in the Faculty of Education.
• Sarah Down is the Year Coordinator of dentistry at La Trobe. She will receive a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

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