First Civil Engineering and Occupational Therapy graduates

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First Civil Engineering and Occupational Therapy graduates


3 April 2012

Seven students will stake their place in history tomorrow (Wednesday 4 April) as the University of the Sunshine Coast’s first Civil Engineering graduates.

Top of the class is Gina Leach of Coolum Beach who will graduate with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering–Class 1, and receive a Faculty Medal for high academic achievement at USC’s first Graduation ceremony for 2012 at 11am tomorrow.

Graduating with Bachelors of Civil Engineering–Class 2 are Adam Brittain, Leo Copelin, Matt Noonan, Tony Ravell, Sean Thrussell and Anthony Wright.

The ceremony also will see the University’s first cohort of Occupational Therapy students graduate. Sixteen students completed the four-year degree in November last year and are looking forward to formally celebrating their achievement.

Both of these professional degrees have flourished since their introduction at USC, with almost 170 Civil Engineering students and almost 220 Occupational Therapy students currently enrolled.

The University of the Sunshine Coast will be abuzz all day tomorrow (Wednesday 4 April) as it stages two Graduation ceremonies in its Sports Stadium at 11am and 5pm. Crowds of about 1,500 people are expected at each event.

There will be plenty of pomp and ceremony, including academic processions, guest speakers, honorary awards and the presentation of medals to outstanding staff and graduands.

The morning ceremony will be for graduands from the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering and will feature the presentation of honorary awards to environmental scientist Professor Ian Lowe and healthy cookbook author Annette Sym.

USC will also celebrate its 10,000th graduate at this ceremony.

The evening event will be for graduands from the Faculty of Arts and Business and will include the presentations of honorary awards to leading ophthalmologist Mark Loane, former Director-General of the National Library of Australia Dr Janice Fullerton and Sunshine Coast rabbi John D Cooper.

The graduation ceremonies will be video-streamed live on the USC website.

— Terry Walsh

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