13 January 2011
Toasting PhD success
PhD graduates Dr Daniel Dias and Dr Lisa Hodgson at the Doctoral celebration event.
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RMIT University PhD graduates have celebrated the culmination of their research with some of the academics who helped them with their work.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development and Vice-President, Professor Daine Alcorn, hosted the celebration for the University's 2010 PhD graduates.
Associate Professor John Reece, Acting Dean, School of Graduate Research, who co-hosted the function, said the event provided an opportunity to celebrate the doctoral graduates' achievements in a friendly and collegial environment.
"We deliberately kept formalities to a minimum so we could spend the time mingling with the graduates, their supervisors, and others who have played a role in their doctoral candidature.
"It was particularly satisfying to meet the family members of graduates, many of whom had travelled from interstate or overseas to attend the range of events surrounding graduation."
More than 160 students completed their PhDs at RMIT campuses in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Vietnam in 2010, across the University's three academic colleges.
Most of the students attended the Melbourne graduation, while others chose to graduate at RMIT's Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur ceremonies.
Ernestina Bernaldo and Dr Derek Walker congratulate Dr Agustin Chevez Bernaldo De Quiros and Dr Naomi Mathers on their graduation.
Dr Caleb White (left) speaks to Tony McKittrick, Director, International Relations, and Professor Simon Watkins.