USQ welcomes new alumni at spring graduations

More than 600 students received their degrees in two ceremonies at USQ Toowoomba.
14 Sep 2018

Students graduated ready for careers in education, engineering, health, sciences, business, creative arts, humanities, among other fields.

USQ Chancellor John Dornbusch congratulated the 2018 spring cohort on their success.

“Graduation is a very special time of the year,” Mr Dornbusch said.

“It is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication and I hope all of our students have taken the time to recognise and celebrate their achievement.”

“I wish the graduands every success in whatever their future holds.”

For primary school teacher Jasmine Hunt, graduation day meant much more than receiving her testamur.

USQ has always been a big part of her life.

From listening to stories about when her parents first met at the same campus to being a USQ Student Ambassador throughout her studies.

“I feel like it was a day I had been building up to for a very long time,” Miss Hunt said.

“My parents met when they were students here and lived at McGregor Residential College.

“Then as a student ambassador I witnessed many graduations and shared in their happy moments.

“It is very exciting to have my family here and to see all the hard work paid off.

Miss Hunt is now a teacher at Surat State School and said the 87 students from Prep to Year 10 had been her biggest supporters leading into the graduation ceremony.

“They all knew I was graduating and I promised to share photos on return,” she said.

“I grew up in a small rural town and always knew I wanted to go back to a regional area to teach.

“It is the best school and I feel very lucky to be in a job I love.”

The graduates join the University’s 97,000 strong alumni community scattered across 146 countries.

At the ceremonies the Honorary Award of Professor Emeritus was conferred upon four former USQ professors in recognition of their distinguished academic service – Professor Cath Rogers, Professor John Grant-Thomson, Professor Allan Layton and Professor Aileen Cater Steel.

Learn more about USQ Graduations.

family smiling near the trees
Jasmine Hunt was one of about 600 students celebrating the completion of their studies this spring.