Graduation is a community celebration

Bendigo's first cohort of paramedicine, podiatry and speech pathology students are about to graduate from La Trobe University.

They are part of a 971-strong graduating Bendigo Campus Class of 2014. More than 730 graduates will fill the Bendigo Stadium, along with their families and friends to celebrate their success, whilst the remaining degrees will be presented in absentia. 

'We've been expanding our Bendigo Campus course offerings over a number of years to meet community needs and provide opportunities for more students to access higher education,' said Rob Stephenson, Head of Campus, Bendigo.

'Our paramedicine, podiatry and speech pathology courses were developed in conjunction with industry and community consultation and will help tackle health skills shortages.'

Mr Stephenson said that students who undertake their higher education degrees outside of metropolitan areas are more likely to stay in rural and regional areas upon graduation.

'Increasingly we are finding that metropolitan students who come to Bendigo to undertake specific courses are also discovering the lifestyle benefits and career opportunities our region offers.

'They are also building professional connections and networks which encourage them to remain in regional areas. Many graduates will be successfully employed in organisations across Bendigo and regional Victoria, which adds significantly to the economic aspects of local communities.'

Mr Stephenson thanked the Bendigo community for supporting La Trobe University students. 

'Many local individuals and organisations have helped La Trobe students reach their potential. They've enriched education by providing scholarships, work experience placements and volunteer opportunities.

'It takes an entire community to shape a student's future. We can all be proud of what we have done to provide each graduate with a modern, globally relevant education.'


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