15 July 2013

As The University of Queensland celebrates 100 years of producing great graduates, over 100 Ipswich students are preparing to graduate today.

The week of UQ graduation events starts with the Ipswich ceremony at 2pm at the Ipswich Civic Centre on Monday, 15 July, for 109 graduands from the Business, Economics and Law, and Health Sciences faculties

Within this graduating class will be the first UQ College students to graduate with an Associate Degree in Business at a UQ graduation ceremony.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Rix said the graduating students were to be congratulated and the ceremony was a time for graduands, their families and university staff to join together in celebration.

“Graduation ceremonies are a vital acknowledgment of the accomplishments of our students,” Professor Rix said.

“To have the first group of students from UQ College join us in this ceremony is a great achievement. This group of UQ College students will be the first to graduate alongside our other UQ graduates.”

One person with particular reason to be proud is Bachelor of Health Sciences student and valedictorian Tracey Yankey.

Ms Yankey said she was honoured to be representing the cohort of students who were graduating at Ipswich.

“We have worked tirelessly toward a defined goal in pursuing higher education,” she said.

Ms Annette Schmiede, Chair of UQ HealthCare Ltd, which operates the GP Super Clinic at Ipswich, will be guest speaker at the ceremony.

UQ's 2013 graduation ceremonies run from July 15 to 19 at its St Lucia and Ipswich campuses. A timetable of ceremonies is available here.

Just over 4000 students will graduate this month, with about 3300 expected to attend graduation ceremonies – a far cry from the two women and three men awarded UQ degrees in 1913.

Media: Jessica Freiberg, Ipswich Marketing & Development Manager, 3381 1068, 0421 587 278 or j.freiberg@uq.edu.au.

UQ Ipswich Graduation Ceremony

Monday, 15 July 2013
2.00pm (students will be unavailable for photos from 1.30pm)
Ipswich Civic Centre