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Optometry student gives graduate address at Deakin ceremony


Deakin Graduate Tim Murphy



Deakin optometry student Tim Murphy was invited to give a graduate address on behalf of the students at the university’s graduation ceremony in October.

Tim completed his Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry mid-year, and spoke at his graduation on 3 October.

Originally from Canberra, Tim was living and working in Tokyo as a qualified software engineer when he applied for the optometry course at Deakin as a mature age student.

‘I was looking for a more rewarding career where I could work directly with people,’ he said of his career change.

Tim is now working at Specsavers in Bathurst, in New South Wales.

‘I requested a regional location for our clinical placement while studying, and was allocated a placement at both Orange and Bathurst. I was split between the two Specsavers stores,’ he said.

He was then offered a graduate job and has now moved to Bathurst with his wife.

Deakin University’s graduate department invited Tim to give a ‘student’s response’ at the university’s graduation ceremony, based on his academic performance throughout his optometry studies.

Read Tim’s graduate address:

Good afternoon Chancellor, Vice-chancellor, Staff, fellow graduates and guests. It is a privilege to speak on behalf of the graduates this afternoon; thank you for this opportunity.

We’re here. We made it. We have all come from different backgrounds, different life experiences, and with different expectations. Some of us were only 17 when we walked into our first lecture. Others were returning to university for the second or even third time. But in the classroom, we were all equals. We grew into a big family, studying together, partying together, crying together. While we now go our separate ways, the memories and the friendships will remain.

We didn’t make it here on our own, though. To our parents, siblings, partners, friends and family, thank you for your support. We have been stressed. We have been demanding. We have been emotional. We have missed countless events and told you more about our degrees than you ever cared to know. Your patience and guidance have been invaluable, and for that we cannot thank you enough.

To the Deakin staff: you have lived this rollercoaster with us from day one. You were always there to answer our questions, no matter how unrelated or how many times we had already asked. You weathered our frustrations day after day. Yet still you taught us, coached us, guided us. Your expertise and passion helped shape who we are both as professionals and critical thinkers. Thank you for all you have done.

This day marks the end of one chapter in our lives, and the beginning of the next. As we move into the world of full-time employment, bills and mortgages, we will remember fondly our time at Deakin and all those who helped make us who we are today. I wish my fellow graduates all the best for the future, and look forward to following your journeys in the coming years.

Please join me in congratulating the graduates and thanking all those who helped bring us here today.

Thank you.

Tim is a member of Optometry NSW/ACT.

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