Everyone might have been wearing masks, but the joy and excitement was clear in the eyes of our graduates, their families and friends at our Design and Health & Education graduations in Brisbane on Tuesday (29 June).
The highlight of the ceremonies was, undoubtedly, the powerful and moving addresses from our student and guest speakers.
Student speakers deliver powerful messages to their peers
Bachelor of Interior Design (Commercial) graduate and winner of the ‘Be Good’ Award Sue Chen was chosen as the student speaker at the Design graduation. She urged her fellow graduates to continue their learning journey.
“Never stop learning. You never know where life will take you,” Sue said.
“Face every new obstacle as a potential new learning opportunity. Every mistake, every wrong turn in life teaches us something.”
“My family and I had to keep moving to keep ourselves alive... The only things we could take with us was my parents' knowledge, education and certificates,” Dr Vanniyakulam shared.
“I promised myself that I will never stop learning; I will never stop studying.”
Guest speakers inspire and motivate our students for the journey ahead
We were thrilled to be joined by two wonderful guest speakers who generously shared their individual experiences and career journeys with our graduates, leaving them with messages and moments that will stay with them forever.
“Try to find your rhythm and don’t wait for someone to say you’re ready. Just do it. I say ‘Act.’ Act courageously. It’s the R and D of life. Show it. Do it. Try it. Fall. Fall forward and get up and go again.”
Jules Galloway, a naturopath, and alumni of Torrens University, urged graduates at our Health and Education ceremony to embrace their unique gifts and skills as they paved their way in their new industry.
“The world needs more helpers, healers, practitioners, researchers and educators,” Jules said.
“Never underestimate the gifts you can bring to your profession.”
We are so proud of all our graduands!
And thank you to all the people, teams, and external contractors – both on the ground in Brisbane and remotely – who, in the face of immense and mounting challenges, helped make these graduations a special and memorable experience for our graduands and our guests.