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UC March 2022 grads: a celebration of three graduating cohorts, and first health leadership and management graduates

30 March 2022: As in-person graduation ceremonies return for the University of Canberra, graduates from the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 will walk the stage to receive their testamurs.

This year, the University is also celebrating the first graduating cohort of the Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership and Management.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership and Management aims to develop leadership skills in the health workforce, through a combination of practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

Course Convenor Dr Jane Frost said that individuals in the health workforce were often promoted because they were good clinicians, but this could leave a gap in management and leadership skills.

“For anyone aspiring to leadership in health, it’s very important to consider developing these skills and this unique course provides great grounding,” Dr Frost said.

“I co-developed the course in partnership with a leadership coach, and it’s the first to have an Artificial Intelligence simulation component that helps students explore different approaches to difficult conversations.

“It's a course that is really grounded in real world concerns and practicalities.”

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Professor Michelle Lincoln said that the pandemic has shown the importance of expert health leadership and management.

“The graduates of this program are now well positioned to carry on in these critical roles,” she said.

Thanks to reopened international borders and eased restrictions, students who were unable to attend from 2020 and 2021 will also find themselves at the celebration this year.

Students will become UC alumni in seven ceremonies from 29 March to 1 April at the National Convention Centre Canberra.

“These ceremonies are celebrations not only of our graduates’ successes, but of their resilience and ability to rise to the occasion when faced with a challenge,” said Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Paddy Nixon.

“What each and every one of them has achieved is really remarkable – and I know I speak for the entire UC community when I say that we are very proud of them.”

The University of Canberra and the National Convention Centre Canberra are operating under the approved set of COVID-normal restrictions as outlined by the ACT Government.