Ipswich TAFE graduates celebrated in ceremony
A PROUD group of graduates will today start the next chapter of their lives after receiving their certificates at a TAFE Queensland South West ceremony on Saturday.
Dressed in their gowns and with friends and family watching, more than 100 graduates marched into Ipswich Civic Centre for the afternoon ceremony.
Among them was Lucy Jones, who will today start a Bachelor of Nursing at the Queensland University of Technology.
Her Diploma of Nursing, an 18-month course with TAFE, has already given her a head start.
Ms Jones won the RA Wearne Memorial Student Award for Excellence in Learning thanks to her dedication to her studies.
"I was very overwhelmed when I won," she said.
"I was very passionate about what I was learning."
Ms Jones plans to use her diploma and eventual degree to work in an acute setting in a hospital.
She was among more than 70 people in Ipswich who earned a Diploma of Nursing through TAFE last year.
Hundreds of others also graduated with certificates and diplomas in fields such as aged care, engineering, beauty therapy, hospitality and business.