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University celebrates Graduation Day with street procession


Sharlene King
14 September 2011
Members of the public are invited to help celebrate the achievements of Southern Cross University students when the graduation day procession passes through the heart of Lismore on Saturday, September 17.

Close to 200 graduands, University council members and academic staff, all resplendent in gowns and mortarboards, will take part in the procession through the Lismore CBD, starting at 10am, followed by the Graduation Ceremony at Trinity Sport Hall from 11am.

The procession is being led by the Lismore City Pipe Band.

Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said he was delighted Lismore’s streets will again be filled with the University’s colours.

“Southern Cross University has a long history with the community across the Northern Rivers region and we’re proud to showcase the work of our graduands and academic staff on this very special occasion,” Professor Lee said.

“We revived our graduation day procession last year and it proved a wonderful opportunity to share the occasion with the wider community and celebrate the achievements of our graduands.

“Our students have put in years of hard work and sacrifice to reach the end of their studies. It’s important to share the moment with family and friends who’ve been part of that journey, many of whom will line the streets.”

The procession will start at 10am from the Browns Creek/Clyde Campbell Car Park in Molesworth Street, proceed along Woodlark and Keen Streets and end on the corner of Magellan and Keen Streets at approximately 10.20am.

Following the procession, the Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Trinity Sport Hall at 11am.

His Excellency Mr Ich Seng MBA(SCU), Chancellor and President of the Cambodian Mekong University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, will give the Occasional Address. Mr Ich Seng is an alumnus of Southern Cross University’s Master of Business Administration.

More than 750 awards will be conferred by the Chancellor The Hon John Dowd AO QC at the ceremony, with around 250 students attending in person.

The graduands have completed degrees from 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; School of Law and Justice; School of Tourism and Hospitality Management; and Southern Cross Business School.
Photo: Southern Cross University students taking part in last year’s graduation day procession through the heart of Lismore.