Summer 2012 graduations in full swing
By the time summer graduations for 2012 draw to a close, the University of Wollongong will have played host to about 15,000 visitors (3,300 of whom being the graduands).
This year UOW split its summer ceremonies across a weekend starting them on Wednesday 12 December and ending on Tuesday 18 December.
Thirteen ceremonies are being held over the course of the week on the main campus at the University Hall – including three night-time sessions on 12, 13 and 17 December.
The ceremonies provide an array of human interest stories and ‘firsts’ such as the first cohort of graduates undertaking the Bachelor of Digital Media (a UOW and TAFE initiative) along with the first cohort to graduate from the Bachelor of Health Science (Indigenous Health). All of these Indigenous students are currently working as drug and alcohol social workers for Indigenous people. And the first cohort of graduands from the Bachelor of Education – The Early Years are stepping up on to the stage to receive their testamurs.
A timely event in light of the recent Federal Government announcement of funding for a strategic teaching, research and community engagement initiative which, in a world first collaborative scheme, will deliver a new generation of graduates to work with young children aged from 0-12.
It is the $44 million Early Start inter-disciplinary project, to be based in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UOW.
Daniel Tolhurst also created a first when he became the first graduate of the medical mathematics degree.
Some of the graduates have overcome a range of obstacles to achieve their degrees such as double cochlear ear implant recipient Sue Young.
One graduand (Professor Nagesh Pai), a professor of psychiatry, is certainly no stranger to the graduation scene after he steps up to receive his 13th testamur.
And if you think you are seeing double at the Commerce ceremony it might be due to the fact that three sets of twins are graduating!
See graduation photos at this site: http://www.uow.edu.au/student/graduation/photos/index.html