Colourful parade

Graduants in the Brolga Theatre, Maryborough,

Excited graduands await the conferring of their degrees at last year’s ceremony. Photos: CONTRIBUTED

By Jocelyn Watts

A colourful parade of USQ Fraser Coast graduands, visiting academics and dignitaries will take Maryborough’s CBD back in time on Saturday, May 11.

Everyone is invited to watch the historic procession as family and friends of more than 130 former university students cheer on their loved ones in a celebration of their academic achievements.

USQ Fraser Coast Campus Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said there was always a great feel to the Fraser Coast Graduation Ceremony.

“There are hundreds of proud parents, partners and children witnessing the celebration of their loved ones’ achievements,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the hard work and sacrifice they have made while studying.”

Mr Langabeer congratulated this year’s graduands on the completion of their programs and the impending conferring of their degrees.

“We wish all our graduates great success in their future endeavours,” he said.

Dressed in academic robes, 131 graduands, academics and dignitaries will take part in the procession that leaves the Maryborough Town Hall at 10.10am and moves along Lennox and Walker streets to the Brolga Theatre for the 11am ceremony.  Maryborough’s town crier will announce the start of the procession with a blast from the heritage time cannon.

Taking part in this year’s procession and ceremony is USQ’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas. Professor Thomas will present the candidates for degrees and diplomas to the USQ Chancellor, Mrs Bobbie Brazil, who will confer awards on behalf of the USQ Council.

The 2012 Valedictorian speech will be delivered by Judith Postan who will receive her Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

Returning to the Fraser Coast from Western Australia to present the Graduation Address is Maryborough-born dual Olympic gold medallist and former Hockeyroos captain Jenn Morris. Ms Morris represented Australia in hockey from 1991 to 2000, playing 150 games and scoring 86 goals.

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