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More than 300 reasons to celebrate at Melbourne grad

More than 300 reasons to celebrate at Melbourne grad

Published:19 December 2017

Chancellor John Abbott presents the AVC's Campus Medal to Master of Human Resource Management graduate Anja Kaltenbach.

More than 300 students celebrated the successful end of their studies at CQUni Melbourne, with a big graduation capping off a huge year for the busy campus.

Held at Crown Casino Palladium on Monday, December 11, the glamorous event saw local and international students take to the stage in front of hundreds of friends, family, and CQUniversity supporters.

Welcomed by Chancellor John Abbott, the crowd enjoyed musical performances from Yasmin Lancini, and guest speaker and social innovator Jessica Christiansen-Franks.

In his opening address, Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman encouraged graduands to be proud of their journeys and their stories, and to get in the Christmas spirit.

"Learn to tell your story, learn to listen to each other's stories, and remember to watch Love Actually on Christmas Eve!" he said.

Graduating with her Master of Human Resources Management, German student Anja Kaltenbach was awarded the Associate Vice-Chancellor's Campus Medal, for her work as a mentor, and for contributing to the life of the campus.

Ms Kaltenbach also gave the graduates' representative response, thanking student advisors, teachers and lecturers, and staff across CQUni Melbourne for their support.

"We can all be really proud of ourselves and our work - I'm pretty sure everyone had many nights without sleep to get here!" she said.

Associate Vice-Chancellor (Victoria Region) Lara Carton said the graduation was a final 2017 highlight for the campus.

"We have continued to see great stories of success for our students - and that's only possible through support from all parts of the campus from professional staff in various teams to academic and lab staff, and through the dedication and enthusiasm of the students themselves," Ms Carton said.

Ms Carton said student numbers at CQUni Melbourne grew by 40 per cent in 2017, alongside new and expanded research output.

"We look forward to welcoming nearly 20 new academic staff between now and Term 1 to keep up with this growth, and also to opening new parts of the campus early in 2018, as construction on the two new engineering labs and simulation lab finishes in January," she said.

"We celebrated our 20th year as a University campus in 2017, and I am confident that we are in a stronger position now than at any other time in our history with the most committed and well-qualified staff, and a growing and increasingly well-resourced campus."

CQUniversity Melbourne, located at 120 Spencer St opposite Southern Cross Station, is home to more than 3000 domestic and international students, from nearly 50 countries around the world.

For more information, visit cqu.edu.au/melbourne.