More than seven-hundred Deakin University international students became Deakin graduates this week, as the University held its April graduation ceremonies at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.
Steeped in tradition and heritage, the ceremonies acknowledge the hard work and dedication of students throughout their degrees, and provide an opportunity for students to accept their testament alongside family and friends.
Addressing the graduates on Wednesday, Deakin University Chancellor Mr John Stanhope noted that he was incredibly proud of the students’ achievements and dedication.
“I would like to congratulate you on graduating from Deakin University. Today signifies the completion of years of hard work, but it also signifies the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life. It’s a beginning, not an ending,” he said.
Discussing the importance of the graduation tradition, the Chancellor said “University graduations are great occasions. Few occasions will hold as much pride and significance, not only for you, but for those who have supported you along the journey. All of us here today are united by a shared sense of pride in your achievements.
“You are graduating from a young and dynamic university. One that in a remarkably short period of time has made its mark on the world.
“A Deakin qualification is a valuable asset, and one that will open many doors throughout your career,” he said.
Deakin’s diverse international student population was on display throughout the ceremonies, with graduation week featuring 239 students from China, 60 from India, 43 from the Philippines, 25 from Sri Lanka, 20 from Vietnam and 13 from Indonesia, The students graduate alongside thousands of Australian graduates, many from Geelong, Melbourne and interstate.
Graduation ceremonies are held throughout the year, with festivities delivered in March, April, October and December.
Meet Deakin’s International Graduates
For more information about studying at Deakin and to discover how you too can become a Deakin Graduate, visit our international student page.