For around 200 Southern Cross University graduates, the annual September spring graduation, held in Lismore, marked the start of new opportunities. After years of effort and sacrifice, they were ready to venture into the world proudly armed with their University awards from the Chancellor Nick Burton Taylor AM.
A morning street procession through the Lismore CBD, led by the Lismore City Pipe Band, heralded the start of formalities, with graduands and academic staff resplendent in gowns and mortarboards. Lismore’s newly appointed mayor Cr Isaac Smith, an alumnus of Southern Cross University, joined them.
Two graduation ceremonies were held in the Whitebrook Theatre at the Lismore campus with all academic Schools and Colleges represented. Five PhDs were awarded.
The occasion also marked the arrival of Professor Adam Shoemaker as the University’s fifth Vice Chancellor. He succeeded Professor Peter Lee FTSE, who retired after seven years as Vice Chancellor.