Emerald campus celebrates first graduation, alongside new Vice-Chancellor

Published:07 March 2019

More than 20 students graduated at the first CQUni Emerald Graduation ceremony on 7 March.

CQUniversity’s Emerald Campus has celebrated its first graduation ceremony on 7 March, with more than 20 vocational and higher education students crossing the stage together to officially signify the end of their studies and the start of their futures.

Graduates gathered with family and friends at the Calvary Christian Church for the ceremony which also recognised a number of staff, who graduated with new qualifications of their own.

The graduation was also the first for CQUniversity’s new Vice-Chancellor and President Prof Nick Klomp, who congratulated the graduates on their achievements.

Prof Klomp had one take-home message for the students:

“Never stop learning, seek wisdom from wherever you can find it and share what you know with others,” he said.

Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology student Jackson Morgan was also named the recipient of the CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor Campus Medal.

He said being able to attend the ceremony in Emerald, with his family and friends watching, was very special.

"I'm pretty excited to be at this graduation – it’s excitement mixed with a little bit of nervousness," he said.

He said studying at CQUni meant he did not have to leave his family and friends.

"I chose to study at CQUni because I was able to do it locally," he said.

But he said the course also proved to be extremely relevant to his work at Hitachi.

With dreams of one day working his way up to be a workshop supervisor, Jackson said he will use what he has learned at CQUni every day.

CQUni Emerald College of Trades Director Claudio Favero also graduated with a Diploma of Leadership and Management.

“I made the decision to complete the Diploma of Leadership and Management so I could keep moving into roles, such as the one I now hold with CQUniversity,” he said.

“What I have learnt will definitely aid me in my current position and I will use that knowledge every day.”

Bachelor of Psychological Science Graduate Fiona Hardgrave said she was going to go from the graduation and straight into her Honours degree.

“I’m very excited about graduating but also apprehensive as I start my Honours on Monday,” she said.

Fiona said she had decided to undertake psychology while working for the Department of Child Safety in Emerald, identifying a gap in psychology services.

“I now work for CQ Rural Health in Emerald, helping to facilitate the action plan for psychological services in the community,” she said.

Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) graduate Olivia Terry said she was excited to complete her second degree, on the back of a Bachelor of Nursing, a number of years ago.

Olivia has been working at the Emerald Hospital for two years and six months in the maternity ward. She also received the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Medal during the ceremony.

“My nan was an inspiration in me becoming a nurse,” she said.

“Working in maternity ward is really good, very rewarding. It’s an honour to be a part of the experience of childbirth.”

She said she might consider further study in the future.

The graduation songs were performed by Monique Podolak and the Denison State School Senior Choir.

Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Central Highlands, Professor Anita Milroy, was delighted to have hosted the event in Emerald.

“The event was a brilliant success on so many levels, and will continue to pay dividends for all involved for years to come. A great investment in our rural students in the Central Highlands. The legacy of CQUniversity is its capacity to change lives and Graduation really makes that point,” she said.