Prof Geraldine Mackenzie
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March 16, 2020

The University of Southern Queensland has cancelled its first semester graduation ceremonies scheduled for April and May.

Ther decision was made in light of the Federal Government’s directions on COVID-19 and large gatherings.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the decision was not taken lightly.

“We understand how disappointing this decision will be, but we must put the health and wellbeing of our students, our staff, and our community first,” Prof Mackenzie said.

“Our graduation ceremonies are some of the most important days on our academic calendar and a source of great pride to us all.”

While the April and May graduations won’t go ahead, graduands will still graduate in absentia, meaning degrees will be conferred and testamurs sent out.

The University has also cancelled its Harmony Day events scheduled across the three campuses on March 16-18, and all other university events are under review.

Profr Mackenzie stressed that the university was still open for business at this time but was closely monitoring the situation.

USQ  is working to ensure students will be able to continue and complete their courses this semester, including those students who may need to self-isolate.

“USQ has a very strong tradition of online and flexible learning options and we are well placed to support students to continue with their studies,” Prof Mackenzie said.

“We know that in a time of global uncertainty, education is one of the most valuable assets a person can have. It provides a path to your future, beyond the current disruption of COVID-19.

“I would urge students to keep their goals in sight, knowing that we are willing and able to support them.”

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