WHEN the streets of Lismore filled with students, gowns and mortar boards on Saturday for the annual graduation day procession, Coffs Harbour identity Jan Strom and her son Tim were among them.
After five long years of study and research, Mrs Strom completed her PhD in philosophy and has now become Dr Strom.
"I looked at the question of how universities engage with communities and how good engagement can strengthen both the teaching and the learning experience, especially when research is initiated by the community themselves," Dr Strom said.
"Community-based teaching and learning is challenging and interesting. It's about bringing people together and demonstrating that knowledge is everywhere, not just in universities."
Her son Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and honours in cultural studies using digital media.
"Tim has been away travelling and living in Korea and hadn't actually graduated, so we took this opportunity to do it together - it was great."
Southern Cross University's Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said the traditional graduation day procession had been revived last year.
"We believe it is a wonderful opportunity for the wider community to join in celebrating the achievements of our graduands," Prof Lee said.