Campion farewells friends and welcomes new ones at graduation

05 Jan 2021

The Campion College community was able to reunite with friends and family members for its 13th graduation ceremony at St Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta on Wednesday, 16 December.

The college farewelled chairman Joe de Bruyn, who officiated on Wednesday at his last graduation ceremony as chairman, after 17 years.

Joe will remain on the Campion Institute Board, and will be replaced as chairman by fellow board member Adam Walk, who will be taking on the role in the new year.

This year's Occasional Address was delivered by Nicholas Moore, former CEO of Macquarie Bank, chairman of the Centre for Independent Studies, the National Catholic Education Commission and Screen Australia, among others. Mr Moore spoke from his long years of experience in a highly distinguished career to the graduating class.

The Valedictory Address was given by graduate Anneliese Van Rensburg, who reflected on the difficult year many had experienced, a particular challenge for her as president of the Campion College Student Association, but one which the Campion community faced and overcame together.

Anneliese graduated along with 16 other students to receive their Bachelor degrees in the Liberal Arts, as well as five students who received Diplomas in the Liberal Arts. Additionally, student Johanna Ryan not only graduated with both her liberal arts degree and a Diploma of Classical Languages, but also won the College Medal for highest grade in the year.

See images of the event below. All photos are the property of Graham Evans Photography and Campion College Australia.