Years of studies have come to an end for 144 Charles Sturt University (CSU) students who graduated in Orange on Friday.
The graduates were supported by 523 family and friends at the Orange campus graduation ceremony at Kinross Wolaroi School’s Derek Pigot Auditorium.
The graduation ceremony marked the completion of degrees in courses from the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Arts and Education, and the Faculty of Business, Justice, and Behavioural Sciences.
Among the graduates from the dentistry degree were Simon Basha from Orange, Mark Bechara from Sydney and Peter Borbiro who came from Melbourne to study the five-year course in Orange.
Mr Bechara said he wanted to study in NSW and had heard great things about the degree as well.
Mr Basha was inspired by his dentist to undertake the course and coming from Orange made the campus an easy choice.
Mr Borbiro moved the furthest and said both his parents came from rural areas and his decision to follow the career stemmed from work experience he did while in high school in Melbourne.
In her speech, head of campus Dr Heather Robinson congratulated the graduating professionals with their friends and families on the successful completion of their studies.
“Charles Sturt University takes pride in producing job-ready professionals who enter the workforce very insightful, making a positive impact, creating an inclusive society, and inspiring others,” she said.
The Occasional Address was delivered by guest Kristi-Lee Rigby, a former CSU Orange graduate who studied pharmacy, and is now a successful pharmacist in Forbes.
The student vote of thanks was delivered by Chelsea Noon who studied a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, with Honours.
“It was nice to have the opportunity to thank so many people on behalf of all the students, it was a big honour to be selected,” Miss Noon said.
She said she wanted to study physiotherapy because of her interest in sport, how the body works and health care and the small rural campus where lecturers know their students was also an advantage.
Miss Noon has been working as an allied assistant at Lithgow Physiotherapy but will start working there as a full-time physiotherapist in January.