A CHALLENGING five-year journey culminated with the donning of black robes at the University of Queensland Gatton Campus last week.
Hundreds of students and family members gathered at the campus to officially graduate and to take the first steps into their chosen careers.
It was a particularly special moment for the campus's veterinary science students, who were the first cohort to complete their studies entirely at the Gatton Campus.
It was the culmination of a five-year journey for the students, who were the first to use the purpose-built $100 million facilities in the School of Veterinary Science.
A standout student in her graduating cohort, Emma McMillan proudly spoke during the ceremony as the valedictorian of her year.
Efforts to improve the welfare of animals worldwide netted University of Queensland graduate Dr Peter Thornber the UQ Gatton Gold Medal during the ceremony too.
Dr Thornber said he was proud to receive the honour.
"It's a wonderful honour to get such a prestigious medal from this great campus and I had four great years here as a student here in the 70s and I've remained a life member of the past students association to keep connected too," Dr Thornber said.
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