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Federation celebrates the success of Gippsland and Berwick graduates

Posted: Tuesday 29 March 2022

Federation University Australia is celebrating the success of 500 graduates with ceremonies at its Gippsland Campus and Bunjil Place this week.

The students are among 1500 across the university’s campuses to mark the education milestone in front of family, friends and their classmates this month, following two years of adapting to new ways of learning during the global pandemic.

Among the Gippsland graduates is University Medallist Julie Marriott who completed a Bachelor of Community and Human Services, achieving a perfect GPA of 7.00.

Julie received commendations from the Dean of the School of Arts for outstanding academic achievement in five semesters of her studies and excelled during placements at Positive Minds Gippsland and Newborough East Primary School, also becoming a student mentor to her peers.

This commitment led to Julie securing employment with Anglicare Victoria even before her final semester, where she works on the TRAK Forward program supporting women and their children who have experienced family violence.

Among the Berwick graduates is Kanzah Fatima who has completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Federation’s Berwick Campus and has secured work at an accounting firm.

Kanzah delivered a speech to her peers during one of the ceremonies at Bunjil Place and said the group had come “so far”, particularly studying throughout the pandemic.

Quotes attributable to Federation University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Duncan Bentley

“It is wonderful to see graduates coming together with their family and friends to celebrate this achievement at graduation ceremonies across our campuses.”

“Our students are graduating with the skills employers need, along with incredible resilience built over the past two years as they adapted to new ways of learning.”

Quotes attributable to Federation University Medallist Julie Marriott

“The teaching I had at Fed triggered this passion I’ve got for working with people experiencing family violence as well as looking at gender equality and social change.”

“I feel very honoured to be receiving the University Medal.”

Quotes attributable to Federation University Bachelor of Commerce Graduate Kanzah Fatima

“It feels really good to graduate. We have more of the journey to walk through to reach our destinations and I encourage my fellow graduates to continue constant learning and believe in themselves.”

“I feel like I’m getting a broad range of experience as a fresh graduate and I’m looking forward to reaching my goal of becoming a forensic accountant.”

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