SCU celebrates as first civil engineers graduate
AFTER four years of learning, Southern Cross University's first crop of civil engineering graduands realised their dreams on Saturday when they received their degrees.
Among those graduating was Lisa Hansberry who had already secured employment with Ardill Payne & Partners in Ballina as a civil design engineer.
Ms Hansberry will be awarded a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours.
"It was quite demanding and it required a lot of dedication and effort," she said.
"(I'm) feeling good to have achieved it and have it finished and (it is) great to be working now at Ardill Payne & Partners in Ballina.
"I didn't really think about it, it was a bonus that it was offered in area where you lived."
Professor Scott Smith, Southern Cross University Dean of Engineering and Foundation Professor of Engineering, said it was a historic time for engineering at the university.
"It is not often you have the opportunity to experience a very first graduating cohort of engineers," Prof Smith said.
The first crop of SCU speech pathology students also shone on graduation day.
Bridgette Hill planned to use her degree to help children with speech difficulties.
"I hope to see myself working in the paediatric field in the near future," Ms Hill said.
"I'm also looking to pursue further study by completing my Masters and casual lecturing under the supervision of SCU's senior lecturers.
"What sets our university apart is the small cohorts."
Two university medals for academic excellence were awarded.
The recipients, who both completed their studies by distance education, were Tammy Higginbotham, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Ian Mackie, Bachelor of Education (Honours).