VU awards Medals of Excellence at graduation ceremonies

At Victoria University's recent graduation ceremonies, several exceptional graduates were awarded Medals of Excellence, recognising their hard work and leadership.

Alawiah Ibrahim, Doctor of Philosophy graduate with Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins

Penelope Macglashan, Bachelor of Arts (Kyinandoo) graduate

Victoria University’s Medals of Excellence are awarded at its May and October graduation ceremonies to students who have achieved academic excellence or demonstrated strong leadership during their course.

This October, three students received a Medal.

Kensington resident Jelvie Grech, a Master of Business graduate in enterprise resource planning systems, received High Distinctions in all 12 of her units and a Grades Point Average (GPA) of 7, the highest academic rating.

Jelvie commenced her degree part-time while raising three young children and working full-time as an analyst at Linfox. 

Footscray resident Alawiah Ibrahim, a Doctor Philosophy graduate, completed a substantial PhD project in a complex area of Mathematics. Her thesis was ranked the highest of VU’s 48 research graduates theses, with her three examiners unanimous in their praise about its invaluable contribution to furthering mathematical understanding.

Flemington resident Penelope Macglashan, a Bachelor of Arts (Kyinandoo) student, earned High Distinctions in all units – including one 100 out of 100 – and a Grades Point Average (GPA) of 7, the highest academic rating. Penelope is a single parent who also runs an indoor play centre in Flemington. She plans to continue into VU’s Masters of Education program in 2015.

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