Griffith University celebrated the start of the 2018 academic year by welcoming a new cohort of students during orientation activities last week. A number of revitalisation projects had our campuses looking great and our Gold Coast students were treated to some fabulous new spaces as part of the Spine Path reconstruction. This major work has really transformed the vital link between the east and west sides of the campus.

Although the year is still young, our graduates are already making headlines with their achievements.

Joshua Creamer, a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts graduate in 2009, was announced as the winner of the 2017 Attorney-General’s National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year.

The National Indigenous Law Awards recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who demonstrate a passion and commitment to improving justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Joshua, a former President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland, is one of eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander barristers practising in Queensland. In 2017, he was appointed to the Board of Legal Aid Queensland. In 2013, Griffith was delighted to honour Joshua’s significant achievements by naming him our Arts, Education & Law Young Alumnus of the Year.

In the performing arts, we were thrilled to hear that Georgina Hopson, one of our first graduates from the Bachelor of Musical Theatre, was the winner of Australia’s pre-eminent music theatre award – the Rob Guest Endowment. The $20,000 prize will allow Georgina to undertake further studies in New York.

She most recently performed in My Fair Lady under the direction of Julie Andrews as an ensemble member, and understudied the lead role of Eliza Doolittle. Her other theatre credits include Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (Arts Centre, Gold Coast) and Sue Snell in Carrie (Brisbane Powerhouse).

I am sure the alumni community will join me in congratulating Joshua and Georgina on their recent awards. The success of our alumni is a testament to the quality programs offered at Griffith and the wonderful learning experiences provided by our dedicated and talented teachers.

Professor Ian O’Connor AC

Vice Chancellor and President

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