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Students share their stories of graduation

16 Oct 2019 8:45PM

Students from the School of Health and Sports Sciences and the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology have graduated today as ceremonies continue on the Ipswich Waterfront.

Amy Yeldham is the first in her family to go to University and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Bioscience. Amy said, “To finally get in my graduation gown feels really good, it’s a proud moment. You get your degree at the end of it but the experiences and the skills you develop throughout university is something you won’t develop anywhere else- life skills, personal skills- that would perhaps take years to develop elsewhere. It’s worth it.”

Amy’s parents, grandparents, uncle and best friend attended the graduation ceremony. Amy’s dad, John, said, “I could burst with pride tonight. Amy’s done so well, really stepped up. Tonight is a culmination of three years of effort.”

Sport and Exercise Science student, Christopher Simson, balanced being an on-call firefighter with his studies. Chris said, “I was told in high school that I would never make it to university because of my dyslexia. They told me to find more practical routes or something hands-on, like construction. When my teacher said I wouldn’t get to university, it gave me more drive. I’m the sort of person where if someone tells me I can’t do it, I want to do it even more. I wanted to show people that I could do it. A friend of mine is dyslexic and they want to start university because they’ve seen that I can do it. I want to prove that dyslexia can’t stop you and that you can still get what you want, even if you have knockbacks.”

1,517 students will be conferred at ceremonies in Ipswich this week. Tomorrow the remaining students from the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology will graduate and Ian Livingstone CBE will receive an honorary award.

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