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Swinburne Online celebrates third group of graduates

Swinburne Online celebrated its third group of graduates at the Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne ceremonies held on 13 and 14 April 2015.

Online students from all across Australia travelled to attend the graduation, and for most, it was the first time they had met in person.

Ciara Hehir who graduated from a Bachelor of Communication (Media Studies) flew down from Sydney to attend the ceremony and said her experience studying online helped her get a new job.

“I gained so much through learning online through fellow students and my eLearning Advisors.

“A highlight was creating a music video as part of my degree and it being nominated into a New York film festival. I narrowly missed the prize, but I will never forget the experience.

“This really was a stepping stone to getting my new job, a full time production coordinator role at a renowned television commercial production company in Sydney.”

Over 170 students were part of the latest group of graduates bringing Swinburne Online’s total alumni to 249.

The number of students graduating is testament to the rising popularity of the Swinburne Online model, with many students juggling ongoing commitments like full-time work, families or location difficulties.

Swinburne Online Academic Director Sue Kokonis said that graduation is always an exciting time for students, academics and staff.

“Students are central to everything we do at Swinburne Online, so when we see our students graduating it brings everyone an immense level of pride.

“We know our students are often balancing work and life commitments alongside their study and it takes tremendous commitment to get a degree. Graduation is a testament to their hard work and dedication that will hold them in great stead for their future,” Ms Kokonis said.