Celebration and jubilation were on full display at the Ipswich Civic Centre this week as University of Southern Queensland graduates turned out in style to mark the end of their university journey.
About 400 graduates from all disciplines crossed the stage in six graduation ceremonies over three days, while family and friends looked on and applauded.
Many graduates travelled from interstate and overseas to be part of the milestone event, including Anthony Young, who flew from Japan.
He completed a Doctor of Education online and recently finished his first semester of teaching as an Associate Professor at Aichi University.
Today’s (August 11) graduation capped off a long journey for Mr Young, who first moved to Japan as an exchange student 23 years ago and decided to stay.
“This moment is recognition of my hard work and the closing of one chapter and start of another,” he said.
Mr Young said finishing the degree was one of his most outstanding achievements.
“Studying for my doctorate was nerve-racking in the beginning, but over time, as I grew to know more about my topic and better understand the processes of data collection and analysis, I enjoyed the journey,” he said.
“The consistent contact I had with my supervisor helped me to meet deadlines and motivated me to keep pushing forward.”
The University of Southern Queensland’s next graduation ceremonies will take place at Toowoomba from August 22-24.
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Meyra Kartalci travelled from Victoria to attend the graduation ceremony.