Griffith graduates take a bow

Ceremonies for 5000 graduating students will take place this week in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Almost 5000 Griffith students will take part in graduation ceremonies in Brisbane and the Gold Coast this week.

These will be occasions of much celebration for the graduating students and their families, as well as Griffith teachers and mentors. The graduations will also cap off a spectacular year of achievement for the broader Griffith community.

In 2014 we have seen;

  • Dr Katherine (Kat) Curtis, aGriffith medical graduate, winning the 2014 Australasian Junior Doctor of the Year Award
  • Griffith Law Schoolgraduate Kara Cook winning the Queensland Law Society 2014 Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award
  • three Griffith graduates making the prestigiousGradConnectionlist of Australia’s top 100 most employable students
  • seven Griffith students secure New Colombo Plan scholarships each worth up to $67,000, allowing them to travel and study at destinations in the Indo-Pacific region
  • five of Griffith’s Master of Speech Pathology graduating students offered placements with QueenslandHealth.

The Master of Speech Pathology program was launched in2012, and this is the second student cohort to graduate.

Discipline Head, Associate Professor Elizabeth Cardellfrom theGriffith Health Institute is delighted that Griffith students have secured all five positions on offer from Queensland Health.

“This shows that our program is achieving its aims in in providing high quality,work-ready graduates for the speech pathology sector.”

Further recognition of Griffith graduate job readiness can be found in the inclusion of three Griffith graduates on the prestigiousGradConnectionlist of Australia’s top 100 most employable students of 2014. The students are;Griffith Business Schoolgraduate Christina Ruiz who is about to begin a graduate position with Ernst and Young in Melbourne, and Engineering graduates Brodie Chan (Civil Engineering) and Krystine Chung (Electronic and Biomedical Engineering).

The sevenNew Colombo PlanScholars; Braden Rowe, Courtney Organ, Phoebe Atkinson, Michelle Gunawan, Jonathon Glindemann, Matthew Sharp and SarahGriffin, have elected to study at leading universities in Japan, Hong Kong and China.

Griffith University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Sarah Todd said they will be fine ambassadors for Griffith and Australia.

“The New Colombo Plan is an excellent initiative and these scholarships will provide our students with a terrific opportunity to enhance their cultural understanding and employment potential, and to create lasting bonds in the region,” Professor Todd said.

“It is a testament to the quality of our students and the support provided by the university.”