Coffs university students graduate
THEY’RE the Coffs Coast’s best and brightest, our future leaders who have every reason to celebrate their achievements.
As many as 260 Southern Cross University students are the toast of the town following their graduation at the Coffs Harbour campus on Saturday.
More than 1000 people gathered to watch them take the next step in their lives.
The students were recognised in arts and social sciences, environmental science and management, health and human sciences, indigenous studies, education, commerce and management, law and justice and tourism and hospitality management.
The awards were presented by SCU chancellor John Dowd.
Five university medals awarded for outstanding academic achievement went to Caroline Flew, Raymond Gibbons, Emily Hindman, Belinda Smith and Mark Westby, who each graduated as a Bachelor of Psychology with first-class honours to boot.
Two university medals were awarded to Louise De Masi and Wendy Phillips, who both graduated with Bachelor of Education diplomas (as well as first-class honours).
University vice-chancellor Professor Peter Lee encouraged the graduates to ‘live their passion’.
“Too many of us live our lives passively, without stopping to figure out what makes us happiest,” Prof. Lee said.
“I’m talking about living your passion. This is nothing to do with making money, having a nice house or dating a supermodel; it’s about doing what you love so you never actually have to work.”
“Take the thing that makes you happiest and turn it into a career. I challenge you to name one man or woman who was great and truly successful who didn’t follow their passion.”
Belinda Smith, who gave an address on behalf of graduates, said it was a day of celebration.
“It is a celebration that is truly a reflection of what can happen if we believe in ourselves and follow our dreams,” she said.
“We all know that when one door closes, another one opens.”
“Today marks the end of an era, but lying within our grasp are even greater possibilities.”