This year’s Summer graduations were a particular highlight for the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.
The December ceremony marked 1000 students having graduated from the Bachelor of Dementia Care (BDC) program since the course’s inception in 2012.
The ceremony hosted 148 students from the BDC program with many graduates and their loved ones from Tasmania and across the country attending the ceremony, as well as the celebratory afternoon tea and lab tours held just prior to the event.
The graduation valedictory address was delivered by Ms Amanda Crombie (pictured, right), who graduated with a Bachelor of Dementia Care.
Amanda acknowledged the support and inspiration she had received from fellow online students and Wicking academic and professional staff.
She also spoke of the great value of the course to her, both professionally as a registered nurse, and personally as her husband had himself developed dementia during her studies.
The students and their loved ones also attended a celebratory afternoon tea prior to graduation, where Professor Fran McInerney (pictured, left) spoke to the group.
The BDC graduates joined hundreds of other students from across the College in the Summer graduations, with ceremonies held across Tasmania.
To read about some of the College’s inspiring student stories visit https://www.utas.edu.au/health/news/articles/2019/dementia-care-graduation-a-personal-achievement-in-more-ways-than-one