First week of University of Newcastle graduation ceremonies for 2018: Photos


Double degree: Mum and son graduate from university a week apart Debbie Rumbel with her son Corey, who graduated on Thursday. Debbie will graduate next week. Picture: Marina Neil

Kien Wong, Somi Ebutse, Weddy Ang, Fara Jalil, Fatin Aminuddin and Leon Chan (back). Picture: Marina Neil

Tom Barrass, Penny Barrass, Craig Barrass, graduate Kim Barrass and James Levick. Picture: Marina Neil

Graduate Rebecca McGilvray with her father Neil McGilvray. Picture: Marina Neil

Hoyan Tang. Picture: Marina Neil

Rory Betts-McCrae, Beryl Betts and Nina Mocke. Picture: Marina Neil

Katie Renee Cameron and Haylie Shaw. Picture: Marina Neil

Alexandra Qvint and Amy Lovell. Picture: Marina Neil

Graduate Tameeka Martyn and her daughter Remi Johnstone. Picture: Marina Neil

Graduate Michael Procter with mum Diane grandma Avis and father Allan. Picture: Marina Neil

Graduate Lynette Northey with her sons Jaxon, 4, and Eamon, 2. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebook University of Newcastle graduationAlmost 3000 students will receive their degrees at the University of Newcastle’s graduation ceremonies this week and next. Pictures: Marina NeilDebbie Rumbel and her family celebratedthe graduation of her son Corey on Thursday afternoon–but next week it’ll be her turn to don the gown and mortarboard.

Corey was one of 1570 University of Newcastle graduates to officially cross the uni finish line this week, collecting his Bachelor of Construction Management.

He got into the discipline as a result of looking for a“hands-on” career.

But the 24-year-old from Thornton, who works for McDonald Jones Homesin the Hunter, will be back atthe Callaghan Campus’ Great Hall next week when his mum receives her Bachelor of Social Science.

“It’s great, I love it,” Debbie said when asked what she thought about graduatingwithin a week of her son.

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“I was keen to work in the community welfare and human services area,” she said.

“I think just helping people, I really like that–that compassionate, humanitarian side of things.”

Corey and Debbie agreed that they would wait until next week and enjoy onebig family celebration together.

Graduation ceremonies for the fields of engineering and built environment, health and medicine and science take place this week, before 1250 students of business, law, enabling programs and international college graduate next week.

Angela Rees, who gave the graduate speech as Thursday afternoon’s ceremony, receiveda bachelor of midwifery with class one honours.

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Ms Rees, whoworks at John Hunter Hospital, said she decided to become a midwife after seeing new parents with theirbaby.

“It was in that moment of witnessing the joy and pure happiness of the new parents that my career path became clear,” she said.

“I really like the idea of working in public health and the opportunity to help mothers and babies achieve the best start to life through a wellness model.”

Ms Rees said she wasconsidering starting aPhD.

“One of the highlights for me was the opportunity to work with the academic team, who are very inspiring and hard working,” she said.“It has been very rewarding.”

University vice chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said graduation was a defining moment in the academic journey.

“Graduation is an opportunity to pay tribute to the remarkable achievement of our graduates and reflect on years of hard work and commitment,” she said.

“We watch proudly as our graduates embark on the next exciting phase of their lives, joining an outstanding global alumni network to make their mark on the world locally and globally.”

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