Being gowned up with the coloured hood and trencher at the University of Melbourne, and taking my seat with my fellow MSW graduates felt so special. Inside the grand Wilson Hall on campus, the Academic procession arrived and took their place on stage, including some of the staff that have been part of our MSW journey within our School.
Having a female Chancellor for this occasion felt important and meaningful, and she started off the official proceedings. The Occasional Address was delivered by Professor Thomas Kay, whose focus was very medical. He mentioned some work he was linked with with the University of Toronto, which was a serendipitous element for the evening to my own MSW journey. He also spoke about how a counterpart of his was delivering a similar address in another state and uni, but to a business graduation, whom had to admit to them it was not the best time to be graduating into the world of banking. But concluded that it's never a bad time to graduate from a health field.
The Valedictory Speech was given by one of us, a MSW graduate, who spoke about the values we have gained through our Masters journey, and how we will each now take these out into our working endeavours.
I must admit, I was a bit inspired by those getting up and receiving their PhDs too....
Thanks heaps to Melissa and Jessica for enduring another graduation ceremony of mine. The fun photo booth photos are actually my favourite part from the night, which was a quirky addition to the event by the Uni.