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Zach thanks his Blackall family for their support with mock graduation ceremony

Published:07 September 2020

Zach Frost.

CQUniversity Accounting student Zach Frost was so proud to complete his degree that he held his own mock-graduation ceremony for his family in their hometown of Blackall recently.

Born and bred in Blackall, Zach followed in his family’s footsteps to pursue a career in business and accounting is now considering studying CQUni’s Master of Business Administration.

“I was bought up around small business with my mother and grandmother both having small businesses,” he said.

“I also have a keen interest in money and mathematics, and it was when I attended the CQUni Connect programs in Rockhampton during high school that I made up my mind to study accounting.

“I chose CQUni in Rockhampton as it was the closest university to my hometown and because of the high ratio of employment prior to graduation. The fact that it felt familiar from the multiple times I had visited throughout my high-school years made me more confident in continuing on at CQUni.”

Shortly after he started his studies his mother sadly passed away, but he received substantial emotional and financial support from his family and the local community, including a Stockwell Webber Foundation scholarship.

“The scholarship took the financial burden off my studies, which allowed me to focus on my study more intensely. It also allowed me to work part time instead of finding full-time employment to live,” he said.

Zach now lives back in his hometown working remotely for Kerry Rennie Chartered Accountants.

“The accounting courses contained the knowledge I needed to pursue accounting as a career. The assessments prepared me for the complex thinking and problem solving I need to work as an accountant,” he said.

He said he decided to put on a COVID-safe mock graduation to thank his family and the community for their support.

“I have a large close family so it would have been an expensive endeavour for them to come for the real graduation,” he said.

“I am the first in my family to graduate from university. My scholarship donors for my scholarship were able to attend without needing to worry about COVID-19.

“I also wanted to make it known that CQUni actually does care for its individual students.

“I also wanted to show to the younger people of the town that you can be what you want to be even if you come from a small town.”

He said his current plan was to stay in Blackall and then look to pursue an MBA.