Graduating from CQUniversity on Thursday are (from left) Matahari Sumadi, Katie Thomasson, Shelly Stormonth, Leah Cordwell and Subhash Gurung.
Graduating from CQUniversity on Thursday are (from left) Matahari Sumadi, Katie Thomasson, Shelly Stormonth, Leah Cordwell and Subhash Gurung. Paul Braven

CQUni students thrilled and relieved to graduate

ABOUT 400 family and friends watched 70 students don their gowns and mortarboards for the first CQUniversity graduation of the year at the Gladstone campus on Thursday.

The Observer caught up with some of the graduates to find out how they were feeling:

Matahari Sumadi is graduating from an Associate degree of Engineering.

"I am glad it's all over. It was a four year degree but it took me seven years.

"I work fulltime at Orica so that's why it took me so long. With this degree I am now a qualified drafter.

"The gown is really hot!"

Katie Thomasson can't wait to continue her accounting career, already working at CQUniversity as a management accountant.

"I am graduating today from a Bachelor of Accounting. From year 11 I knew I wanted to be an accountant.

"I am excited because my parents are here. I was proud to put my gown on today but I am glad it's done."

Shelly Stormonth has three children - one aged 14, and eight-year-old twins.

"My parents, husband and kids came to support me today. They are all proud.

"I also graduated from accounting. I am now trying to find a job at a firm, locally.

"I did my degree part time over four years. I think we will go to dinner tonight to celebrate."

Leah Cordwell powered through her accounting degree in two and a half years.

"I have a job as a mortgage broker at Gladstone Home Loans. I am excited for today but I had to take a day off work!

"I am a Gladstone local."

Subhash Gurung is a Nepalese international university student.

"I moved to Sydney from Nepal to study at the CQU campus. I am graduating with a Bachelor of Accounting.

"It took me three years to complete it. I have never been to Gladstone and I came by myself today to graduate with my class.

"I was happy to make the trip to do my first graduation."



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