Graduation caps off years of study

Tenacity, perseverance and resilience – qualities demonstrated by USQ's newest graduates, said Chancellor John Dornbusch.

Almost 600 Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts students received their testamurs at USQ Toowoomba today (April 13), marking the completion of their studies at the University.

The ceremonies were a chance for graduates like Chloe Goodwin to pause and celebrate the achievement.

“For me, graduation is about reaching the end of a long journey and being able to say ‘I stuck it out and made it to the end’,” the Bachelor of Laws graduate said.

Ms Goodwin chose Law for its employment prospects and is currently undertaking work experience in the USQ Legal team.

“I have always believed in the importance of justice, and in entering the industry I hope I can find justice for people in need.”

At the morning ceremony, students from the study disciplines of Business & Commerce, Information Technology and Law & Justice heard from guest speaker Horizon Accounting Group partner Tim Davis, a USQ alumnus with over thirty years’ experience in public practice.

Creative Arts & Media, Education and Humanities & Communication students graduated at the afternoon ceremony, receiving words of wisdom from former Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Kevin Cocks AM.

Mr Cocks, a highly-respected advocate for human rights and people with disabilities, was among the award recipients, receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa).

Also, USQ former employee Peter Albion was bestowed the title of Professor Emeritus for his outstanding academic service to the University.

As a foundation student Professor Albion’s involvement with the University dates back more than half a century. For more than 40 years, he has provided devoted service to education in various forms, from regional schools to national and international associations.

Woman in graduation gear
Chloe Goodwin. Banner - Cassandra-Lee Nicholson