Graduates moving on
SOUTHERN Cross University international student Amrinder Jawanda celebrated her graduation on Friday at an early graduation ceremony.
Ms Jawanda studied a Master of Business Administration at the Southern Cross University Tweed campus and said it was exciting to finish full-time study.
“If I do more study later it probably will only be part-time along with my work,” Ms Jawanda said.
She chose Australia for her masters program after recommendations from family and friends in Canada.
“Most universities in North America offer a two year MBA and Southern Cross was only a one-year program,” Ms Jawanda said.
“Southern Cross was the first university to get back to me after I applied and a lot of other universities wanted to wait until after Christmas to get back to me so I chose Southern Cross.”
Ms Jawanda who wants to build a career in project or office management said she was still deciding if she wanted to settle in Australia or back home in Canada.
“I have loved Australia and met my partner here while I’ve been studying this year so after Christmas I will decide where I want to get a job.”
Tomohiro Hayashi also graduated from a Master of Business Administration and said it was good to share the experience with other international students.
Mr Hayashi has lived in Australia for six years while completing a bachelor degree and master program.
“I moved to Australia after I finished high school at 18 and now have a better ability to find a job when I go back to Japan,” Mr Hayashi said.
This year’s course completion ceremony was one of the largest Southern Cross University has seen with 28 international students celebrating the end of their studies.
International office student support officer Sarah Rogers said the course completion ceremonies offered many international students their only chance to celebrate graduation in Australia.
“Because of visa constraints many international students have to return home before the formal graduation ceremony,” Miss Rogers said.
“The completion ceremony gives them the opportunity to celebrate with their fellow students.
“It’s also a great way for the university to show them that they are valued with a formal farewell and also hopefully give them some fond memories of their time here.”