Ceremony delayed but Indigenous graduates deserve to be proud

3 August 2020

It may be a while before they can gather to celebrate but our Indigenous graduands should be striding proudly into the next stage of their life journey.

That’s according to UQ’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, who congratulated all 25 of our Semester One Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduands, who represent a range of Faculties.

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 “In lieu of our traditional pre-graduation Sashing Ceremony, we are still sending each student a letter of congratulations, their stole and a small gift,” Professor Fredericks says.

“Students could wear their stole during a special online celebration to acknowledge graduates’ achievements, on the evening of Thursday 30 July 2020, and at any celebratory event they are holding with their family.

“Sadly, we can’t gather in person for a major ceremony just yet but graduands should still reflect on a wonderful milestone.

“As a culmination of years of hard work and dedication, graduation represents the beginning of a new life phase, with exciting opportunities ahead.

“We look forward to formally presenting the stole and congratulating graduates at a Sashing Ceremony when the current restrictions have been lifted and official graduation ceremonies can once again be held.”

Professor Fredericks encourages all graduates to keep touch with UQ’s Alumni Network.

“As a UQ alumnus, and member of a prestigious group of over 1000 Indigenous graduates now working across the globe, you will have access to a range of opportunities such as networking events with industry and community, special social and cultural events and access to professional development and employment opportunities.

“To stay connected with our Indigenous Engagement community, I invite you to join the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alumni network on Facebook.

“The University of Queensland has equipped you with the principles, knowledge and experience to succeed in your chosen career, and we hope this will be the first step in a life-long relationship with the University. We look forward to following your career and future endeavours, wherever they may take you.”For current information on the potential for rescheduling of graduation ceremonies to early 2021, please refer to https://my.uq.edu.au/graduation.