More than 1,100 students will celebrate finishing their studies at the Central Coast campus this week in graduation ceremonies on Thursday and Friday.
Recognising the unique partnership between the University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW — Hunter Institute and the Central Coast Community College, students across the three institutions will gather together at Ourimbah to celebrate their achievements.
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Central Coast campuses, Professor Stephen Crump, said graduation was one of the academic highlights of the year.
"Studying at university, TAFE or community college level involves a commitment over a considerable amount of time," Professor Crump said.
"Graduation ceremonies are a time for students to celebrate and reflect on their achievements as they enter a new stage of their lives. I congratulate them all and wish them well for the future."
Of the 1,162 students graduating, 931 have completed University of Newcastle programs, 210 have completed TAFE qualifications and a further 21 are graduating from the Central Coast Community College.
Thursday 18 February, 10am: the University's Faculty of Business and Law; TAFE NSW — Hunter Institute; Central Coast Community College
The Occasional Address will be by Brian Lizotte, local businessman and restaurateur. Mr Lizotte is the driving force behind Lizotte's Restaurant, and is responsible for bringing local, national and international music acts to the region.
Thursday 18 February 2pm: the University's Faculties of Health, Science and Information Technology, and Engineering and Built Environment
The first graduates of the University of Newcastle's Bachelor of Podiatry are part of this ceremony. The three-year degree program began in 2007 and is based at the Central Coast campus.
Friday 19 February 10am: the University's Faculty of Education and Arts
Friday 19 February 2pm: English Language and Foundation Studies Centre Attainment Ceremony.
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