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Graduation day procession through the heart of Lismore


Jane Munro
15 September 2010
More than 300 graduands and academic staff, resplendent in gowns and mortarboards, will take part in a procession through the heart of Lismore on Saturday to celebrate their graduation from Southern Cross University.

The procession, led by the Lismore City Pipe Band, will be followed by an outdoor graduation ceremony to be held in Riverside Park with an estimated 1300 graduands, academic staff, friends and family attending.

Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said he was delighted this event was being opened up to the wider community.

“We are encouraging all members of the public to come and help us celebrate the wonderful achievements of our graduands,” Professor Lee said.

“These students have put in many years of hard work and this day is about acknowledging that effort, recognising the contribution they are making to our society and the support they have received from family and friends.

“Southern Cross University has a deep connection with this region and the community and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase and share this celebration of their achievements.”

The procession will start at 9.45am in front of the northern boundary of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Keen Street, proceed along Magellan Street and finish at the Lismore Transit Centre in Molesworth Street.

Following the procession, the outdoor graduation ceremony will be held at Riverside Park in Lismore at 11am. The Mayor of Lismore, Cr Jenny Dowell, will give the Occasional Address. In the event of wet weather, the ceremony will be held at the Trinity Sports Centre, Dawson Street, Lismore.

A total of close to 800 graduands will have their awards conferred by the Chancellor, The Hon John Dowd AO QC at the ceremony, with just under 300 students attending the ceremony in person.
The Chancellor will also present a University medal to Kathryn Brown, a graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours).

The graduands have completed degrees from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences - Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples; School of Arts and Social Sciences; School of Education; School of Environmental Science and Management; School of Health and Human Sciences and the Faculty of Business and Law - Graduate College of Management; School of Commerce and Management; School of Law and Justice; School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Archive photo: Southern Cross University graduation day 2009.