MORE than 140 beaming University of Southern Queensland graduates marched through the streets of Ipswich ready to finally receive the degrees they worked so hard for.

The university's graduation ceremony was held at the Ipswich Civic Centre on Saturday and more than 500 people attended.

As valedictorian, graduating student Geoffrey Davies reflected on his four years at USQ to an audience made up of academics, fellow graduates and their families.

"This is really the first time I've taken stock of all I've accomplished these past years and it's very humbling," the Bachelor of Science (Honours) graduate said.

"It was not all plain sailing but the level of support provided by USQ lecturers was excellent.

"Having previously studied at several universities in Queensland, I can honestly say USQ is up there with the best of them, I feel very proud."

USQ vice-chancellor and president Jan Thomas said it was a pleasure to see such a diverse group of hard-working students graduate.

"We are a university that likes to be part of the community and it's fantastic for the students to be able to parade through the city," she said. "Tertiary study challenges students to strive for success and today we celebrated the outcomes of that dedication.

"I wish our talented graduates all the best. USQ has been privileged to watch them grow from first-year students into future community leaders."

The graduates were also offered words of wisdom from Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex, who is the deputy chairman of the library board of Queensland and also hosts a talkback program on ABC radio.



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