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University of Newcastle graduates’ day to shine

13/12/2018 / by admin

University of Newcastle graduates’ day to shine | photos BIG PLANS: Law honours graduate Alex Winn (right) with Georgia Monaghan, before Mr Winn addressed fellow graduates at the University of Newcastle’s Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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MOMENTOUS DAY: University of Newcastle graduates Billy Sun, Carrie Sun and Eva Guo pose for a selfie on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MOMENTOUS DAY: University of Newcastle graduates Billy Sun, Carrie Sun and Eva Guo pose for a selfie on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

BIG PLANS: Law honours graduate Alex Winn before Mr Winn addressed fellow graduates at the University of Newcastle’s Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MILESTONE: Graduates including Alice Irungu, in red, outside the Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MILESTONE: Graduates outside the Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MILESTONE: Graduates outside the Great Hall on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

PROUD: Yan Xue at her university graduation on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookIFAlex Winn could go back and offerhis younger selfadvice on starting university, the law honours graduate wouldn’t pass on a golden study tiporseize the chance toeliminatehismistakes.

Insteadthe 24-year-old from Adamstown, who was among hundreds of business and law students to graduate from the University of Newcastle on Thursday, would go back and soak up everything aboutstudent life that he could.

“I would say to get involved in things, because there’s always opportunities,” hesaid.

“And not just the study opportunities; I’d saygo to the parties, just get involved.”

At the end of six years of study for adouble degree, Mr Winn empathised with hisfellow graduates in theGreat Hall on Thursday about Newcastle student cultural artefacts such as$7 deals and the“David Attenborough”-worthy mosquitoes of Jesmond.

He also appealed to each of them to use theirprivilege for good, and to protect the rule of law from those who might tryto erode it.

“In times when those values feel increasingly under siegewe must speak up in their defence,” he said.

“For all graduates, our degrees have taught us skills in critical thinking, logic and reasoning.I hope we use them well. To confront bigotry and ignorance with rational argument. To act with kindness and compassion rather than fear.”

Mr Winn now teaches the university’s first-year law program full-time, andwill take up a position next year as a tipstaff, or associate, to a judge on the NSW Court of Appeal in Sydney.

The university’sVice-ChancellorCaroline McMillen said this year’sgraduation, which concludes on Friday, is an opportunity to reflect on the transformative impact that education can have on a student’s life.

“Graduation is a grounding and inspirational moment for not only the students and their families, but also the university.It represents the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, trials, tribulations and personal growth that cannot be measured by marks alone,” Professor McMillen said.

“It is a proud moment for the University of Newcastleto watch the next generation of talented graduates cross the stage and embark on the beginning of their remarkable careers with a world-class education behind them.”

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