In December 2018, a record 1,704 students graduated from the Study Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
The graduation season commenced with students from the Brisbane and Sydney Study Centres attending three graduation sessions on the 11 December, held at Rosehill Gardens, Sydney.
Fifty six graduates from Brisbane travelled to Sydney to attend the graduation, along with 524 students based there. Melbourne graduates attended five ceremonies on the 17 and 18 December at Melbourne Convention Centre.
Many students were accompanied by their families who travelled from all over the world to watch their loved ones graduate from CSU Study Centres.
The graduates at both locations were admitted to awards on stage by the Deputy Chancellor Peter Hayes and University Council Member Saranne Cooke, with the Executive Dean presenting their certificates.
John Ridge, a recipient of the Order of Australia (2007) and Executive Director of the Australian Computer Society Foundation, was a guest speaker at both Sydney and Melbourne. His message of “making your own luck” and “taking your future into your own hands” was positively received by the graduates. The students also heard from Roger Lawrence, a CSU Alum, co-founder of ACHIEVR and most recently a CTO for Innovation at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise across Asia-Pacific and Japan. He impressed the importance of grasping opportunities, especially in our technologically driven world.
A number of students also stood out amongst their peers, having received a University Medal for achieving an outstanding GPA of 6.75 / 7.00 or higher. The Postgraduate University Medal for the Master of Information Technology was awarded to Syed Ali Mehdi, Bijaya Raj Basnet, Siddhartha Raj Shakya, Kaushal Dip Subba and Sandeep Thapa. Dhanya Evanjerleen Gunawardena also received a Postgraduate Medal for the Master of Commerce, the first time the medal has been awarded to a MCom CSU Study Centre student.
Congratulations to all our students and the staff who have supported them to success.