Macleay College’s 2015 Melbourne diploma and degree journalism graduates celebrated their achievements at a ceremony this morning.
Andrew Demetriou opened proceedings by singing the national anthem, then the Head of Journalism at Macleay College, Stephen Davis, welcomed students and families to the graduation.
“The greatest contribution to the school comes from the students themselves,” Mr Davis said.
Guest speaker Esther Gretton, the co-founder and director of wellbeing promoter Thrive Well, congratulated the students on having demonstrated the “ability to keep going through the challenging rollercoaster moments”.
The Dean of Macleay College, Lee Ushakoff, said the graduates had demonstrated effort and commitment to succeed, reflecting the importance of having new ideas and a spirit of inquiry.
“The bachelor degree gives students the skills required to exceed in the workplace,” she said. But, she noted, “It’s the end of one journey and the beginning of the next.”
Emeritus Professor Bob Robertson welcomed the graduates into the community of professionals and told them “You should not just be a competent professional: have compassion, be humble and be ethical.”
Many graduates both in Melbourne and Sydney have found good jobs soon after completing their studies, like Melbourne bachelor of journalism Daniel Stringer.
Graduates told The Newsroom the Macleay College program had encouraged them to gain practical experience in a working environment, which made it easier to find employment. “I got lots of support from the teachers and cohort,” former Macleay Newsroom social media editor Jessica Ankomah said. – Ashley Flockhart
Photos by Matthew Male.