About 100 GOTAFE Wangaratta campus graduates were honoured at a ceremony this week at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre.
The 2018 graduates, from a wide range of courses, were entertained by MC Tim Campbell and enthralled by keynote speaker and shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder.
GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney thanked the graduates for entrusting GOTAFE with their education and training needs, and said he was proud they had been given the opportunity to study locally and stay connected with their community, friends and family.
He said GOTAFE was determined to ensure the best possible training and employment outcomes for every student, and said the ceremony was an acknowledgement of the work by students and GOTAFE’s educators.
“If our region’s future prosperity rests with the skills, knowledge, talent and spirit of our people then it is in good hands,” he said.
The graduation ceremony recognised students who successfully completed their studies in 2018 across a range of study areas including business and IT, art and design, community services, health, and building and construction.
The graduation ceremony was attended by students and their guests, Cr Ken Clarke from the Rural City of Wangaratta, and GOTAFE Board and Executive members.
GOTAFE celebrated the success of their students last night with an Awards Recognition Ceremony held at the Parklake Hotel in Shepparton. The event recognised students who successfully completed their studies in 2016 within the Services sector including Business, IT, Art and Design, Sport and Recreation, Community Services and Health.
Three students were awarded Outstanding Student Awards for successfully completing their studies:
- Outstanding Business Student, Stephanie Bell, Certificate III in Business (BSB30115)
- Outstanding Health Student, Sarah Trevena, Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612)
- Outstanding Community Services Student, Rylie Kerambrun, Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)
GOTAFE Executive Manager for Services Industries, Louise Pearce, was excited to catch up with the students to find out where their training has taken them.
“We are excited to see these newly qualified students enter the local workforce and use their skills to better the community. GOTAFE is dedicated to providing regional students with access to unique programs, facilities and pathways to university.”
This event is one of a series held throughout the region this March.