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Mon, 14 Dec 2015

Health and healing careers for graduates

Nearly 700 mortar boards will fly at this week’s (December 16) Division of Tropical Health and Medicine graduation ceremonies in Townsville.

The two ceremonies – one at 11am and one at 3.30pm, will be held at the Townsville Entertainment Centre.

Doctors, vets, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, molecular and biological scientists are just some of the professions who will be presented with their hard-earned degrees.

There are 745 graduates in the Division, 673 of whom will be attending on Wednesday, many with their family and friends to help them celebrate.

Nine Doctor of Philosophy awards, one Doctor of Psychology and one Doctor of Public Health will be presented at the Townsville ceremonies as well.

In addition, each year the JCU University Council awards University Medals to students who have shown outstanding merit in their studies for the Bachelor Honours degree.

To be awarded a University Medal, students must achieve first class honours with a ranking of A and achieve a GPA of 6.5 or better.

Three University Medals will be presented on the day. The recipients are unaware of the award until it is announced during the proceedings.

Mr Kieran Keyes, Acting Health Service Chief Executive of the Townsville Hospital and Health Board, will deliver the Occasional Address in the morning ceremony.

In the afternoon service, the Occasional Address will be delivered by Mr Tom Mann, a Fellow of the University, and a strong supporter of veterinary science study and research at JCU and a major player over many years in the development of northern Queensland’s beef industry.

The Division is holding a graduation ceremony on JCU’s Cairns campus today (December 14), however the Townsville ceremonies will include the majority of JCU’s medical graduands.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduands will receive cultural sashes in a brief ceremony prior to the main presentation (approximately 30 minutes before each ceremony).

JCU Townsville Health sciences graduation ceremonies

Date: Wednesday, December 16
Location: The Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville
Ceremony 1: 11.00am
Nursing Sciences, Sport and Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Speech Pathology.

Ceremony 2: 3.30pm
Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Public Health & Tropical Medicine.

The auditorium will be closed approximately 15 minutes before each ceremony.


JCU Media Liaison, Caroline Kaurila, 0437 028 175