Current and future students of the University of Tasmania paraded through the streets of Burnie on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, as the summer graduation round got underway.
For the first time East Devonport Primary students from the Children’s University donned caps and robes to lead this year’s procession before attending the program’s inaugural graduation ceremony.
The Children’s University is facilitated by the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, and aims to raise aspirations and increase the number of people going on to higher education.
Setting an example for the young graduates, 157 students from the faculties of Arts, Education, Health, Science, Engineering and Technology, and the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE), had their degrees conferred at the Burnie Town Hall with around 100 attending the ceremony in person.
University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen said graduation ceremonies were an opportunity to celebrate graduating students and to inspire the broader community.
“It is important that higher education is seen as valuable, valued and achievable,” Professor Rathjen said.
“That’s why we are working to embed the University in the heart of the Tasmanian community and why it is so exciting to see these primary school students, just beginning their educational journey, take part in our processions.
“The Children’s University is nurturing the natural curiosity of our young people and fostering a life-long love of learning that will hopefully see them one day go on to become University of Tasmania graduates.”
Children’s University participants also marched in the Launceston and Hobart Town and Gown processions, before attending further formal graduation ceremonies.