Macleay College sent off its first group of bachelor students at the 2015 graduation ceremony in Sydney this week.
Students, family and friends gathered at the Masonic Centre in Castlereagh Street, to celebrate the achievements of students who had completed courses in journalism, business, advertising, marketing and book editing and publishing. Among them were the first graduating class of Macleay’s Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business programs.
The Dean of Macleay College, Donna Mack, attributed the success of the students to the practical learning experience they received at Macleay.
“The journalism students ran a public newsroom, produced TV bulletins, wrote stories, picked up international internships, and interned at the major media outlets,” she said.
“This hands-on experience is pivotal in getting ready for the demands of the dynamic media industry.”
Alex Knight, commercial director of Lexer, gave graduating students a reality check before they were presented with their awards.
“It is really really tough out there and the first few steps are always the hardest,” he said.
Mr Knight also offered advice from his own experiences as a university graduate.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do and no idea where to start,” he recalled.
“Some of you may have a similar feeling come next Monday morning.”
Bachelor of Journalism graduate Benedicte Earl, who was editor of the Newsroom, said she was excited to have finished her degree. She has been offered a job at the Sunday Times in London and starts work on Monday.
“[Macleay College] gave me good experience and I impressed [the Sunday Times] with a variety of skills like photoshopping, shorthand, news-writing and research,” Ms Earl told the Newsroom.
Diploma of Journalism graduate and Dux Sacha Barbour was equally delighted with her achievements. She now works as Central Coast region breakfast newsreader at Star FM, owned by Nova Entertainment.
“It’s really good, good to see everyone again,” said Ms Barbour. – Alison Cheung
Photos by Mohammad Rassawala