With many of Macquarie’s international graduates travelling home this month, the University hosted its traditional International Student Farewell function, giving the students who will miss their official graduation ceremony a chance to celebrate in full academic dress.
Organised by the International Student Services (ISS) team, the function was attended by more than 150 students and officiated by Deputy Vice Chancellor Deidre Anderson, who gave the keynote address.
Macquarie International Executive Director Alison Taylor also spoke of her admiration for the latest international graduates.
“Today is a chance for you to celebrate the culmination of years of commitment to study, and for attaining the degree that you came to Australia to achieve,” she said.
Graduate speaker Obai Arsiwala travelled from India to study a Master in International Business at Macquarie and said he appreciates the way Macquarie helps students make a smooth transition to study in a new country.
“Macquarie University offers a great deal of help and support to international students like me, so that we can excel in our future goals,” he said.
“The moments I have experienced here at Macquarie University and in Sydney are priceless.”
Chinese Finance and Commerce (Actuarial) graduate Jie Yang spoke of the challenges faced by international students and told her peers they should be proud of themselves.
“We are winners,” she exclaimed. “We made the decision to come to a completely different country, to study in a different language, and we made friends with people from all over the world.”
“So, well done everyone, we have made it!”
Graduates are encouraged to stay connected via Macquarie’s Alumni Web Community.