ACAP graduation ceremonies 2020 style

Madeline Neeson
By Madeline Neeson Content & Public Relations Adviser
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It’s proving to be a happy end to the year at ACAP. We feel so privileged to have been able to recognise the wonderful achievements of both our Adelaide and Brisbane campus graduates in graduation ceremonies that felt extra special given the events of 2020.

Adelaide Campus Graduation, Wednesday 11 November

In Adelaide, with a few adjustments to our usual program to allow for COVID-19 restrictions, we were able to welcome a total of 70 happy faces to Adelaide Town Hall.

Dr Timothy Hsi, ACAP Lecturer in Counselling, took to the stage to distribute the awards and congratulate our SA graduands. We had an Adelaide campus record number of 15 graduates this ceremony so it was marvellous to have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements in style.

Our November 2020 ACAP Adelaide Campus Valedictorian and Graduate Diploma of Psychological Sciences Dux was Amanda Douglas. We offer our sincere congratulations to Amanda on this remarkable achievement and to all the Adelaide graduates on the successful completion of their courses in what has been quite a year.

Brisbane Campus Graduation, Friday 13 November

At Brisbane’s Customs House, a string quartet set the scene for a long-awaited ceremony, delayed from April.

Professor Margaret Anne Carter, Discipline Chair of Counselling, and Dr Vikki Knott, Brisbane Campus Discipline Lead for Psychology, presented awards to students of their respective disciplines as Associate Professor Eric Brymer read the names.

We were joined by Terry Ayling, Spiritual Care Coordinator of Palliative Care QLD & Hopewell Hospice, Member of the Australian Compassion Council and Compassionate Cities Lead, who inspired our graduands with a most touching speech.

Our Brisbane Campus Valedictorian was Elle Reynolds. Elle was unable to make it on the day so her speech was delivered by Brisbane Placement Adviser and recent graduate, Prosper Nzisabira. We congratulate Elle on her achievement, along with the 24 other graduates who completed their courses this Trimester.

Technology keeps us together

For both ceremonies, our Chief Executive Officer, Mr George Garrop and our Dean, Dr Craig Ellis overcame border closures by delivering their speeches and offering congratulations via video link. The technology that has kept us together as an ACAP community this year, once again came to the rescue, something we are truly thankful for.

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