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Graduation ceremony

December 10, 2017, 10.00 AM-12.30 PM

Celebrate the end of the academic year at Avondale with the presentation of awards to graduands from the college of higher education’s class of 2017.

Graduation service address speaker: Dr Carole Ferch-Johnson. Carole is an accidental academic. Her PhD has grown out of her life work as an educator in people skills and her years of experience in pastoral care. As a retiree, Carole studied Ancient Greek at Macquarie University and, with a master’s degree from Andrews University, applied to begin a doctorate at Avondale College of Higher Education. Her aims: to enjoy focused study and to benefit Avondale with a thesis. Carole graduated in December 2016.

Other speakers: Pr Glenn Townend, Chair, Avondale College Council; Greg Piper, Member for Lake Macquarie, Parliament of New South Wales; and Professor Ray Roennfeldt, President, Avondale College of Higher Education.


Wear full academic dress.

Discipline photographs

Assemble in front of College Hall for discipline photographs as follows (TBC):

  • 8 am, Education
  • 8.30 am, Theology
  • 8.40 am, Science and Mathematics
  • 8.45 am, Business
  • 8.50 am, Postgraduates
  • 8.55 am, Humanities and Creative Arts
  • 9 am, Nursing
  • 9.05 am, Academic staff members

Live stream

The graduation ceremony will be live streamed on Avondale College of Higher Education’s YouTube channel.

Overflow venue

Ella Hughes Chapel. Note: Seating available in Chan Shun Auditorium by ticket only. Chapel will be used as overflow venue only if seating in auditorium fills.


Free but ticket entry only—graduands receive four guest tickets but can request up to six.


Doors open at 9 am.

Graduands assemble in Chan Shun Auditorium in allocated seating by 9.30 am.

Guests seated no later than 9.40 am—doors close at 9.45 am.

No prams or strollers in auditorium. Speak to an usher to have your pram or stroller stored during the ceremony. Note: You will not have access to your pram or stroller until the end of the ceremony.


Take photographs from seat only—no tripods in aisles on ground floor, against walls on ground floor or on first floor of Chan Shun Auditorium.


Dancing Blossom Studio offers fresh flower bouquets and lasting flower crowns. Flowers available to suit a range of budgets. Contact Vanessa Reynolds (vanessa@dancingblossomstudio.com or 0422 733 841) before Thursday, December 7, to pre-order for pick up or delivery or purchase on the day. All pre-orders receive additional $10 value added to order. Dancing Blossom Studio avoids floral foam and plastic wrapping. Ten per cent of profits to Share The Dignity, which provides sanitary items for homeless women and survivors of domestic violence. www.dancingblossomstudio.com. Instagram: @dancing_blossom_studio.

Graduation bears
Attractive bears and other soft toy animals available for purchase. Look for the graduation bear stall near the Brandstater Amphitheatre. Limited number of bears embroidered with “Avondale Grad 2017” available. Colours for a particular course may also be pre-ordered. Cost: $55 paid on collection. Contact Lyn Medhurst (mervalyn@hotmail.com or 0407 004 956) to order. Proceeds to Nepalese Prolapse Ladies.

Learn more about graduation at Avondale College of Higher Education


December 10, 2017
10.00 AM-12.30 PM
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Chan Shun Auditorium
582 Freemans Dr
Cooranbong, NSW 2265 Australia


Avondale College of Higher Education
(02) 4980 2222