People from across all walks of life gathered at Albert Hall on Saturday with one thing in common: graduating with degrees from the University of Tasmania.
Hazel Lucas, a schoolteacher from Burnie, and Mei Ooi, a researcher from Malaysia, were two of hundreds of students who donned a cap and gown in Launceston last week.
Dr Ooi, having completed a PhD in Fisheries and Aquaculture, won't be leaving the corridors of the Australian Maritime College any time soon.
Her advisers have insisted she keep her bright mind in the state, to continue working on the project she has poured her time and energy into over her PhD: investigating bacteria in lobsters.
"[My PhD] was challenging, but interesting," she said.
"It was a tough one, but I managed to get through," she laughed. "My advisers want me to continue on, so next I'm doing my post-doctorate."
For Hazel Lucas it was her second graduation ceremony, 13 years after she walked across the stage to accept her teaching degree.
She was back at university undertaking a post-graduate course in inclusive education, so that she will be better able to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities in her classroom.
The Natone Primary School teacher said taking the time to add to her knowledge and skills was well worth her time.
"I've got some additional knowledge and understanding to add to my other knowledge - it's been great," she said.
"The Education Department offered it as an initiative so I applied for it - they gave us the time to study during work hours, so I decided I would. It's a great initiative."
Like many of the students this week, whether they were accepting bachelor's degrees, PhDs, or post-graduate qualifications, Ms Lucas was feeling a heady mix of emotions before she headed in to Albert Hall take her seat for the ceremony.
"I'm a bit nervous actually, going up on stage after 13 years," she said.
"It's exciting, and I'm a bit proud too - I've got my two daughters here, so, it is a bit exciting."
And, also like many of the students this week, there are more good things on the horizon for Hazel Lucas.
After taking a break from 'time consuming' tertiary study, she will be spending the next little while focusing on using her new skills to make her classroom more inclusive, especially for students with additional needs.
But she's also keep in the back of her mind the fact that her course could count towards a future master's degree.
"I'll have a break and a bit of a think, but yeah, I think I might [do a master's]," she said.
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