Published on 2 April 2012
2 April 2012
The University of the Sunshine Coast will mark an important milestone at its Graduation ceremony on Wednesday 4 April when it awards a degree to its 10,000th graduate.
USC, which opened in 1996 and held its first Graduation ceremony in 1999 with only 131 graduates, will this year confer awards to an estimated 1,650 graduates at three separate ceremonies.
The 10,000th graduate is Megan Ailey of Caloundra who finished her Bachelor of Nursing Science in November 2011, shortly before giving birth to her second child.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill will present a special certificate to Ms Ailey at the USC Chancellery on Tuesday 3 April and make special mention of it during the 11am Graduation ceremony.
Professor Hill said this was an important achievement for the University to celebrate and an indication of USC's growing impact on the region.
“The University is growing very quickly,” he said. “Within a few years there will be 10,000 students on campus and we'll probably be acknowledging the 20,000th graduate within five or six years.”
Ms Ailey, 22, grew up on the Sunshine Coast and went to Caloundra State High School. She worked for a local chiropractor before signing up for her degree.
She said she enjoyed studying at USC, particularly the valuable work placements at various hospitals and nursing care facilities across the region.
“It was really good,” Ms Ailey said. “You get the opportunity to go into local hospitals and experience what it’s going to be like when you finish your degree and start working.
“All the Nursing Science teachers at USC are nurses, too, so they really know what they’re talking about.”
Ms Ailey will be one of about 130 Nursing Science students to graduate at the 11am ceremony on Wednesday. She will receive a Faculty Commendation for high academic achievement.
— Terry Walsh