Charles Sturt recognises outstanding graduates with University Medal

19 AUGUST 2019

Charles Sturt recognises outstanding graduates with University Medal

Eight students honoured as Charles Sturt welcomes approximately 1150 students from the University’s campus in Parramatta and study centres in Sydney and Melbourne to the graduation ceremonies

  • Eight graduates awarded Charles Sturt’s highest honour for academic achievement
  • University Medal recognises the role Charles Sturt plays in shaping future leaders
  • Presentation of medal reflects the dedication of students

Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) will award eight University Medals to graduates at ceremonies to be held in Sydney and Melbourne.

Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the University Medal - awarded to undergraduate and postgraduate students who have achieved outstanding academic results in their program - was important recognition of the students’ dedication.

“The University Medal is the highest honour for academic achievement awarded by Charles Sturt,” Professor Vann said.

“These students have achieved outstanding results through their relentless pursuit of excellence in their studies.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate them on receiving this honour, and have no doubt they will do the University proud in all of their future endeavours.”

Mr Andrew Bosz, who is graduating with a Master of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday 21 August, is one of the recipients, and will speak on behalf of graduates by presenting the Graduand Vote of Thanks.

“I feel privileged to be delivering the Vote of Thanks on behalf of my fellow graduands,” he said.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to thank our friends and family who have supported us in our journey of learning, as well as our professors and lecturers who have aided us in our realising our full potential.”

“Being invited to deliver the Vote of Thanks is an honour I will remember forever.”

Mr Bosz said the University Medal is a significant accomplishment that honours the work of graduands in front of the broader academic community.

“It represents the hard work and sacrifice I have endured in my chosen field of study,” he said.

“It is an incredible achievement, and I am grateful for the people that have supported and encouraged my studies.

“I truly appreciate this opportunity and the acknowledgement bestowed by this award.”

Mr Marko Arsic, who is graduating with a Master of Management, will be giving the Graduand Vote of Thanks at a graduation ceremony to be held in Sydney on Thursday 22 August.

“I have accepted the responsibility, as it will allow me to not only acknowledge all those who have facilitated and assisted with my studies over the past four years, but also to personally and publicly thank my family and friends, without whose support and understanding I would not have been able to complete the course,” he said.

“In my humble opinion, these forms of recognition are essential to promoting a culture of lifelong learning and pursuit of excellence, both on a personal and collective level.”

When asked about being awarded the University Medal, Mr Arsic said it was an honour.

“I strive for excellence in everything that I do, so having my effort recognised affords me the sense of pride and achievement,” he said.

“Most importantly, having my three school-aged children in the front row at the graduation ceremony will hopefully inspire them to not only pursue higher education themselves, but to do so to the best of their ability.”

Students being awarded the University Medal:

  • Mr Andrew Bosz, Master of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing
  • Ms Hayley Ballard, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Ms Melinda Godber, Master of Business Leadership
  • Ms Jaclyn Marson, Master of Education (Educational Leadership)
  • Mr Marko Arsic, Master of Management
  • Ms Ursula Sequeira, Master of Education (Educational Leadership)
  • Ms Eloise Ford, Master of Inclusive Education
  • Ms Kay-Lora Tang, Master of Information Technology

Charles Sturt’s graduation season starts on Monday 19 August, with a ceremony in Melbourne, and will conclude in Sydney on Thursday 22 August.

Charles Sturt will welcome approximately 1150 students from the University to the graduation ceremonies, with the invitations extended to each students’ family and friends to celebrate their achievements.

Media Note:

For interviews with Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann, contact Dave Neil at Charles Sturt Media on 0407 332 718 or at

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