Happy graduation day for 80 students as they take to the stage in Port Macquarie to embrace their future

There were big smiles all round as more than 80 students in Port Macquarie graduated from the University of Newcastle on Wednesday, February 14, at the Glasshouse.

The university’s vice-chancellor and president, Professor Caroline McMillen, congratulated this year’s cohort and said they have the advantage of graduating with an education which will prepare them for success in the next exciting chapter of their lives.

“Our graduates make outstanding contributions to our communities and regions across the world and it is with great confidence and pride that we celebrate the culmination of their studies and their entry into the workforce,” Professor McMillen said.

“On graduating they are sought after for employment and become part of our remarkable global alumni network.”

At the ceremony among the graduates were three PhD students, nine postgraduate students, three Open Foundation pathways students and 69 undergraduate students.

One of the graduates, Kyra Fuller said that after overcoming a number of major health issues she is excited to be starting as a midwife at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

“I developed Bechets Disease during my first semester shortly after falling pregnant. My condition left me hospitalised for weeks at a time and unable to study in a full-time capacity,” Ms Fuller said.

“With the support of my family, peers and staff, I’m now lucky enough to be graduating and couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.”

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