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Dame Quentin Bryce encourages graduates to “be bold”

Dame and Chancellor in academic dress standing on stage
Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO receives the Honorary Award of Doctor of the University in recognition for her distinguished service to community from USQ Chancellor John Dornbusch.
Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO has lived an extraordinary life.

She has been an academic, a lawyer, a senior public officer, a university college principal, a human rights advocate, the Governor of Queensland and the first female Governor-General of Australia.

She has travelled the world, rubbed shoulders with royalty and presented the Victoria Cross to some of our bravest Australians.

A wife, mother, grandmother; Dame Quentin is an inspiration to many and living proof that you can be anything.

It was this message of self-belief that Dame Quentin shared to more than 300 graduates, their families and friends at a packed Empire Theatre at a USQ Spring Graduation Ceremony this month.

"Your fields of study are absolutely vital to our community and to our country,” Dame Quentin said.

In her keynote presentation at the USQ Spring Graduation she encouraged the graduates to be masters of change in their lives and their community.

"It is your ambition to make a difference that gives me and my generation hope,” she said.

“The most effective tool we have is our voice. Use yours to speak about issues from your heart.

"I'm counting on you to be bold, to be bold, and to be bold.

“I wish you the best of luck.”

Dame Quentin was also conferred with the Honorary Award of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) in recognition for her distinguished service to community.

USQ Chancellor Mr John Dornbusch said the honorary award recognised Dame Quentin’s distinguished service to the Australian community as Australia’s 25th Governor-General, a leader, pioneer, role model and mentor for women, and an advocate for human rights, especially for the rights and welfare of women and children.

“Dame Quentin joins a small but remarkable group of honorary graduates and she does the University of Southern Queensland a great honour in accepting the award of Doctor of the University,” Mr Dornbusch said.

“Her life has been one of dedication and public service and we are very proud to honour that contribution.”