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Families share in the joy at CQUni Gladstone graduation

Published:20 April 2018

1: Accounting graduate Jolan Lester celebrates with 10 family members. 2. Associate Vice-Chancellor's Campus Medallist Jesse Lord pictured with Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman, Associate Vice-Chancellor Professor Owen Nevin and Chancellor John Abbott. 3. Law graduate Amee Ferguson delivered the response by the graduates' representative. 4. The guest speaker was visual arts identity Jo Duke.

Indigenous Accounting graduate Jolan Lester had plenty of support as she crossed the stage to celebrate during this week's CQUniversity Gladstone graduation ceremony.

Ten of her family members travelled from as far afield as Townsville and Yeppoon to share in her big day.

Jolan was among 28 graduates who attended the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre to mark their graduation achievement.

Others included the Associate Vice-Chancellor's Campus Medallist, Jesse Lord, who graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical).

The international student was known for helping other students and volunteering at the campus library. Now an Australian citizen, he has secured work locally at Queensland Alumina.

Bachelor of Laws graduate Amee Ferguson delivered the response by the graduates' representative and told her local newspaper she had worked full-time while studying. She recognised that other students also had to juggle parental responsibilities, on top of their study commitments.

Ten members of Amee's family helped her celebrate her big day.

Graduates and their supporters enjoyed a guest address by local visual arts identity Jo Duke, Curator of the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.