Former Guide Dog steals the show at Graduation

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Former Guide Dog steals the show at Graduation


Nicole Damarra and her former Guide Dog, Nev, try on their Graduation gowns

4 October 2013

A former Guide Dog named Nev stole the show at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Semester 2 Graduation ceremony last night.

Nev, who was accompanying blind graduate Nicole Damarra across the stage to receive her Bachelor of Social Science, drew a large cheer from the 1,400-strong crowd when he shook hands with Chancellor John Dobson OAM.

The Chancellor also made special mention of Nev, saying he deserved to “graduate” as well after having attended every lecture during Nicole’s three-year degree. Watch Nev's Graduation appearance on USC's YouTube channel.

Nicole, 31, of Sippy Downs now has a new Guide Dog Hughie, who will assist her as she begins her Honours in 2014, but has kept Nev as a beloved pet.

Other Graduation highlights included the presentation of medals to outstanding students and staff, and the presentation of honorary awards to renowned architect John Mainwaring, sustainability advocate Susie Chapman and Indigenous educator Denise Proud.

Mr Mainwaring gave the graduation address, while Chancellor’s Medallists Iori Forsyth and David Fleischman provided the graduate response.   Among the crowd were Iori’s parents from Japan and David’s father from the United States of America.

The entire USC Graduation ceremony can be viewed on this site.

— Terry Walsh

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