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The first students to gain a Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Optometry at Queensland University of Technology have graduated after five years of study.

The 52 graduates attended a graduation ceremony on 12 December in the Concert Hall of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane. Another two are expected to graduate in early 2014.

Head of QUT’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, Associate Professor Peter Hendicott, said there were about 300 graduands from a range of courses at the ceremony, including the first cohort of 52 Master of Optometry students.

One graduate, Anna Puglisi, was awarded a university medal based on her academic performance. She completed all 40 subjects in her optometry course with an overall grade point average of 7.0.

A group of third-year students also graduated with their Bachelor of Vision Science. They were the third cohort of those students to complete that component.

Other graduands came from a range of faculty courses, including nursing postgraduate courses and paramedic courses.

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