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Cec Maddox will graduate with a USQ Master of Business Research this Friday.

Ripley retiree Cec Maddox is in for a big day of celebrations this Friday (April 21) – he’ll graduate from USQ with a Master of Business Research, the same day as his 74th birthday.

Mr Maddox will be one of about 170 graduands to receive their testamurs at the USQ Springfield and USQ Ipswich graduation ceremonies at the Ipswich Civic Centre.

Mr Maddox is no stranger to the University. This will be his second degree having graduated with a Bachelor of Business at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE) in 1985.

“My journey as an undergraduate at DDIAE, to a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and now undertaking a PhD is proof it’s never too late to study something you’re passionate about,” he said.

“I always felt I had some unfinished business so I am very grateful to USQ for the chance to come back to university and challenge myself to achieve something worthwhile.

“Graduating with a Master of Business Research will be one of the greatest milestones in my life.”

Mr Maddox had a long professional working career in business, which spanned almost 40 years and cut across many public and private sectors, including natural resources, manufacturing, roads and transport.

Having retired about 10 years ago, Mr Maddox said he gets great satisfaction from being able to further his education and use his expertise to help improve the quality of Australian managers.

“During my time at USQ I have been able to identify and explore theories behind how business firms are structured and why they behave the way they do,” he said.

“This has given me a much deeper understanding about companies which I’m continuing to explore through my PhD.

“USQ has been extremely supportive throughout my academic journey, especially my principal supervisor Professor Marie Kavanagh who encouraged me to enrol after I had almost given up on the idea of coming back to university.”

Mr Maddox had this message for other retirees considering pursuing a tertiary education: “It’s never too late to expand your mind, especially if you have an interest in research,” he said.

“I really enjoyed studying a HDR program because it not only confirmed my interest in business management but also challenged me to explore different theories and find a good way to make use of the knowledge I picked up.”

Learn more about USQ Graduations at Graduations.