UOW Southern Highlands 2016 graduation ceremony


Students from the University of Wollongong Southern Highlands campus were congratulated with a small ceremony to recognise their achievements.

Held on December 9, the ceremony acknowledged seven hard working students.

Professor Paul Chandler, pro-vice chancellor (inclusion and outreach), gave an Acknowledgement of Country before campus manager Stephen Lowe welcomed attendees to the event.

Hill Top Public School principal Mark Gardiner gave an address to students, the majority of whom graduated from the Master of Teaching course, on their futures as educators.

Graduating students were Callie Sims (Bachelor of Arts with Distinction), Joanne Tomlinson (Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction), Cilla Leighton-Daly (Master of Teaching – Primary), Megan Moore (Master of Teaching – Primary, with Distinction), Phoebe Thompson (Master of Teaching – Primary, with Distinction) and Jordan Spence (Master of Teaching – Secondary). Jo Thomas graduated in absentia.

Students Phoebe Thompson and Jordan Spence shared anecdotes from their time as students of the Southern Highlands campus in a student address.

In a Southern Highland News digital project called Uni View, created in collaboration with University of Wollongong, students share what drew them to study locally. 

I was previously accepted into the Diploma of Education at the UOW Shoalhaven campus in Nowra but knew trying to manage raising three kids and doing the commute would be too much on my family.

Megan Moore, graduating student

The smaller class sizes allow it to be more interactive and personal. The tutors are able to facilitate great discussions that get everybody involved.

Jordan Spence, graduating student


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