For the last four years Tasmania has been home to Australian Maritime College student Sam Price, but he will expand his horizons after completing his degree.
The Adelaide native relocated to Tasmania to study at the AMC after discovering its world-class facilities.
Mr Price was one of hundreds of graduates across the University of Tasmania who participated in several graduation ceremonies in Launceston on Wednesday.
He said he was drawn to the AMC after discovering a program offered by Flinders University.
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"I love boats, and I was interested in engineering, so I was looking at a course at Flinders [University] that offered half the degree there and half at the AMC," he said.
"But when I looked at the facilities I thought why wouldn't I just come here instead for the whole degree."
Mr Price said while Tasmania was not his original choice as a place to study, he could not fault the education offered at the AMC and he had come to have a soft spot.
"I'll definitely be back, I have friends who are still here so I will be back for holidays for sure," he said.
As part of his degree, students must complete 12 weeks of work experience. Mr Price was fortunate to have the opportunity to do an exchange program in the UK.
He then secured his three-month internship at MTG Marinetechnik, a naval architecture consultancy in Hamburg, Germany.
Mr Price will start his new role as graduate naval architect at Australian Maritime Technologies in Melbourne in January. For Launceston woman Kelli-Ann Johnson the road to graduation has been one paved with difficulties, but has been achieved through perseverance and determination.
"I first started studying in 2014, when I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, but I had no clear direction," she said.
Miss Johnson suffers from anxiety, which was misdiagnosed until halfway through her degree, and she also suffered from other health issues.
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While working through those problems she enrolled in the University Preparation Program, which she says helped to focus her direction towards sociology in 2018.
Not only that, but Miss Johnson completed her degree while working full time.
Once she'd found a focus, Miss Johnson said it was through hard work and studying around her shifts and she was proud of herself of finally completing her study.
"I am proud that I worked hard and now I can celebrate my achievement at the ceremony," she said.
However, she's not finished yet, in the future Miss Johnson said she'd like to study further - with her mind set on psychology.
Graduation ceremonies will continue on Thursday at 10am, 1.30pm and 5pm.