YEARS of studying came to an end for more than 500 Charles Sturt University (CSU) education faculty graduates yesterday.The university's Joyes Hall was packed with friends, families and university dignitaries who were on hand to witness one of the most cherished moments in the lives of the graduates.The morning ceremony saw 230 students, from the schools of education, teacher education and human movement studies, proudly accept their degrees under the watch of CSU chancellor Lawrence Willett and faculty dean, Professor Toni Downes.Among the graduates were two newly appointed Doctors of Philosophy - Lindy Croft-Piggin and Kathryn Johnstone - and 46 students receiving their masters degree.Occasional speaker Professor Tom Lowrie from CSU's Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education, shared stories from his first four weeks in teaching with the graduates and warned them of the challenges they face."I challenge you to keep learning and always instil wonder in the children you teach," he said."Whether you are working with five-year-olds, 15-year-olds or 45-year-olds, you now have the responsibility to keep yourself immersed in your profession."The afternoon ceremony saw about 270 students admitted to degrees in teacher librarianship and information studies and management, however, about 130 students chose to attend the ceremony.Mr Willet said the school of information studies, which administered the degrees, had one of the most diverse student bases in the university.He said many of the school's students completed their degrees by distance education as they were located around Australia and internationally.Among the graduates were several prize winners including Debra Ann Leigo, who was awarded the OVID prize and Undergraduate Teacher Librarianship Prize in recognition of her outstanding work during her Bachelor of Information Studies.
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