There are many milestones in a student’s life, most importantly their graduation from learning.
A graduation signifies achievement in academic progress following years of learning.
Graduation is also a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending, however, it is also a time of celebration of achievement and another new beginning for you.
As thousands of students across Bendigo are stepping up to the next stage in their life, it could be further education, going to work full time, or even becoming self employed.
Once you graduate the world's your oyster but figuring out what to do next can be a daunting prospect, so it’s natural to take the time to look at some of your options.
After spending years studying, adjusting to real life can be tough. Your graduation ceremony signifies the end of an era and the start of something new but you may be left wondering, 'what next?'
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There are a number of different routes to take as you contemplate what to do - and everyone's journey will be different. You can search for a job, or enrol for further study with an eye to going to university in a couple of years. Whichever path you choose the competitive nature of the jobs market means that it's important to take full advantage of any free time you have to make plans and start putting them into action.
At Bendigo South East College more than 300 students graduated from Year 10 last week, marking the successful completion of their final four years of studies in the Victorian Curriculum F-10.
Most will join graduates from other schools in completing their secondary school studies at Bendigo Senior Secondary College, while others will start training for a trade.
And for those completing their VCE at the senior college the focus will be on transitioning to university, TAFE or employment.
Graduation is usually marked by a celebration or ceremony, with university graduands donning regalia of a gown, a hood in their discipline colour and a trencher if receiving a PhD.
Formal ceremonies usually involve an academic procession, the occasional address and presentation of graduands to accept a testamur.
BSE College students celebrated their graduation with family and friends at All Seasons.
Many arrived to the event in an array of vehicles that included a police car, bus and vintage cars.
Dressed in formal clothes they then walked the red carpet, posing for photographs.
The ceremony included a photographic display of student images through the years, speeches that reflected on their learning and time at the college, and the presentation of alumni gifts. Congratulations to all graduates of the Class of 2018.