Callaghan graduates cross the stage toward a new chapter

Friday, 12 April 2019


More than 4000 students will celebrate the culmination of their studies over the next week, with the annual graduation ceremonies set to commence at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus.

During this series of graduation ceremonies, the University will proudly celebrate a significant milestone when the number of Indigenous medical graduates surpasses 100. Eight Indigenous Joint Medical Program (JMP) students are set to celebrate their achievements on Friday, bringing the total number of Indigenous doctors who have graduated from the University to 105.

Also among those to don their cap will be Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) graduate Tara Andrews, who balanced study whilst playing football for the Newcastle Jets Westfield W-League squad.

Supported with study flexibility through the University’s Elite Athlete Program, Tara’s engineer dreams have come to fruition, landing her a graduate job with Australian Rail Track Corporation.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, said graduation was a significant mark of hard work and dedication, and this year’s cohort was an inspiring group.

“Excellence and equity are at the heart of everything we do here at the University of Newcastle. Our graduation ceremonies celebrate the academic excellence of our students, and also give us a chance to celebrate the different journeys people have to get to university and to succeed in their chosen fields,” Professor Zelinsky said.

“More than 100 Indigenous doctors have now been trained through our Joint Medical Program – that’s an important milestone and is but one example of how our University has an impact on both individuals and whole communities.”

“I wish all our graduates the best in their endeavours and hope they will continue their work as champions of the institution as they transition into our world-class network of alumni.”