Street procession lends solemnity to graduations

Adelaide Town Hall

For the first time, today in the Adelaide Town Hall, Flinders University will hold graduation ceremonies in September.

The morning and afternoon ceremonies for 1132 graduands from all four University faculties are in addition to the customary April and December graduation events and reflect the substantial growth in the number of graduands from Flinders.

The nature of the traditional academic processions will be novel, too, with some 40 academic and professional staff and University leaders to walk to the Town Hall from the University’s Victoria Square facilities.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Andrew Parkin said the procession will showcase in the heart of the city the University’s success and the solemnity of the occasion.

“Graduation ceremonies are significant and memorable occasions for the participants,” Professor Parkin said.

“For the graduating students and their families and friends, their ceremony celebrates the culmination of many years of hope, aspiration and hard work,” he said.

“The graduation ceremonies convey the University community’s respect for and pride in the achievement of the graduands and we feel the academic procession through Adelaide streets presents a public demonstration of that respect and pride.

“And many students will look for the familiar faces of their teachers, advisers, supervisors and mentors sharing in their celebration.”

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