More than 2,000 USC graduates receive hard-earned degrees
Two years' worth of University of the Sunshine Coast graduates will have their hard work recognised in front of family and friends this week.
Graduation ceremonies were cancelled last year due to the pandemic, but USC is making up for it in 2021.
The university is holding 20 ceremonies this week, for thousands of students to receive their degrees on stage.
Half of the ceremonies will be for graduates whose ceremonies were postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The first four ceremonies have been held yesterday, with sixteen more teed up over the next five days.
Among those graduating today, is the university's first cohort of Medical Science students.
Vice-Chancellor Helen Bartlett is sending her congratulations to all of the graduates receiving their degrees.
"Across all ceremonies we are graduating 2,150 students," Prof. Bartlett says.
"[It includes] all those people who finished their degrees at the end of 2019 or early last year, so we're making up for all of those people, plus our most recent graduates.
"We are expecting, with the graduates and their guests, over 7,000 people [to attend].
"This is an opportunity for everybody to celebrate the success of the students that have received a lot of support from family and friends over the last year and throughout all their studies."