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A message from our Vice Chancellor

It is my enormous privilege to congratulate you on completing your studies, and welcome you into the alumni community of Southern Cross University.

This moment marks the completion of many years of hard work, dedication and sacrifice, which you should be very proud of. As I am sure you have discovered, this is an extraordinary university with a tremendous community spirit. As a graduate of Southern Cross, you are part of a global family and professional network for life.

Becoming a part of this community is an opportunity for you, as an alumnus, to maintain a strong and lasting bond with the University. Our aim is to provide you with ample opportunity to stay connected to us, whether that be professionally, socially or academically. You are now joining the growing ranks of the University’s alumni, a community of more than 71,000 people who live and work in over 100 locations around the world. I hope you will take advantage of those invitations extended to you to connect, learn and share.

Wherever your future leads you, we hope you tread that path with the enthusiasm and confidence of a proud Southern Cross graduate, with the knowledge that we are equally as proud of you.

Professor Tyrone Carlin — Vice-Chancellor and President

77,000 alumni

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Welcome to your global alumni community

As a graduate of Southern Cross, you are part of a global family and professional network for life. Our aim is to provide you with ample opportunity to stay connected to us, whether that be professionally, socially, or academically. There is a community of more than 71,000 people who live and work in more than 100 locations around the world that you as an alumnus, can connect, learn and share with. This network has so much to offer – so we encourage you to dive in and get the most out of your experience.

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As a valued alumni there a range of benefits you can enjoy from library access to special offers.

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Celebrate your success

We love to hear from our alumni. Please email, call, send a postcard, or just drop by. We also love to recognise and celebrate our extraordinary graduates through the Alumni Impact Awards. We encourage you to nominate yourself or another member of the Southern Cross Alumni community.

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Keep learning

There are many ways to elevate your studies or advance in your career and we are here to provide support, guidance and the tools needed to get you to where you want to be.

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Build your network

Southern Cross is dedicated to building a global community, so you can continue to develop your networks and success long after graduation. We offer various events, workshops, and webinars.

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Give back

Southern Cross University offers alumni the opportunity to mentor students through tailored mentoring programs. You might lend an ear, a perspective, or pass on knowledge and that can make the greatest difference to a student just starting out.

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Alumni Stories

Bachelor of Business Alumus Deborah Guion
Pursuing a passion for positive change
Deborah Guion

Head of Social Impact | Winc Australia | Bachelor of Business

“I really wanted to make an impact on the world and my degree gave me the start I needed. When I was approached to manage a Corporate Social Responsibility program for a corporation, it just made sense to me,” she said.

“My skills were very transferable. Even though I had been managing events, it was all about project management and dealing with people.”

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Alumnus Dieudonne Ininahazwe
Psychology for communities
Dieudonne Ininahazwe

Therapeutic specialist, Life Without Barriers | Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Dieudonne (Dious) Ininahazwe arrived in Australia after 13 years in a refugee camp and commenced his HSC at the age of 21, speaking limited English. Dious persevered, graduating with a Bachelor of Psychological Science and an Honours degree from Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour. In his current role he provides psychological intervention for children in care, and psycho-education for their carers.

“It’s a very challenging job, but excessively rewarding. I feel really privileged to be able to work directly with kids and at the same time influence their environment by working with their carer,” he said.

Bachelor of Laws Alumnus Tom Kershaw
Law that helps others
Tom Kershaw

Solicitor, Legal Aid NSW | Bachelor of Laws

As a solicitor in the family law and protection division of Legal Aid NSW, Southern Cross University graduate Tom Kershaw is responsible for handling the legal matters of some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in his community.

“The lecturers at Southern Cross helped me understand the importance of social justice, spurring on my passion to help people and make a positive impact on society,” said Tom.

Bachelor of Social Science with Honours Alumnus Jane Welsh
Living a life with purpose
Jane Welsh

Social Entrepreneur and Ikigai Practitioner | Bachelor of Social Science with Honours

After graduating, Jane researched acid-attack violence in Bangladesh, worked on gender empowerment in Asia for the UN agency UNIDO, and for the international agency for reproductive rights IPAS, travelling as far afield as Sierra Leone and Nepal. Her latest project is a social enterprise called Allegra, working with women with disability in Cambodia.

“I want to live a life with purpose, doing things that align with my values. If I can create a career that intersects with that, I think it’s the recipe for success,” she said.