PHOTOS: 25 students graduate at CQUniversity
AS parents and loved ones fiddled with their programs it was clear they were just as nervous as the latest graduates of CQUniversity students about to take the stage.
Yesterday's CQUniversity graduation ceremony was small and intimate with 25 students celebrating reaching the end of their courses.
Students and parents sat patiently and quietly waiting, until Scott Bowman took the podium and shared jokes about the Federal Election.
"It seems like I'm just making this up on the spot and filling in time, that's because I am," the university's vice chancellor said.
"At 10pm last night I had a call saying I needed to be in Gracemere at 10am today because the Prime Minister will be there for an announcement.
"Don't ask me why I was asked to go, I'm not even sure about that," he joked.
CQUniversity chancellor John Abbott reminded students of the hard work they put in throughout their studies.
"This is the end of the hard work, the days spent at the pub to commiserate after handing in an assignment or doing an exam," he said.
The graduate numbers were lower than usual because the ceremony was delayed, with many celebrating in other cities or campuses.
He also took the chance to announce further expansion.
"We have a vision to significantly develop and grow this campus," he said.
"You will see us continue to grow," he said.
"I'm very pleased it's over but I really did love every minute of it," Ms Shore said.
"I did work really hard with this." she said.
Ms Shore spoke at yesterday's ceremony as the recipient of the school medal.
Now she is keen she'll be quick to look for full time work.