La Trobe celebrates 200,000th graduate

La Trobe University welcomed international student Harsha Iruvaram as its 200,000th graduate. Photo:
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Harsha Iruvaram from Hyderabad awarded a Master of International Business

Amid a sky of confetti and thunderous applause, La Trobe University welcomed international student Harsha Iruvaram as its 200,000th graduate.

Iruvaram was awarded a Master of International Business after two years of study at the University’s Melbourne campus at Bundoora. Donned in his regalia gown and cap, Iruvaram said the announcement came as a complete surprise. “It feels unbelievable and this will stay forever with me,” said the 26-year-old, who is the 200,000th graduate since records began almost 50 years ago.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, congratulated Iruvaram on helping mark a special milestone in the University’s history. “Harsha is a very clever young man and it was wonderful to see the look on his face as he was announced the 200,000th graduate,” Professor Dewar said. “Harsha is a hard working individual, who is passionate about his field and always ready to take on the next challenge. He represents what it means to be a La Trobe student,” he added.

Iruvaram—who moved to Australia from his hometown of Hyderabad—said while leaving his life in India was hard, he felt immensely proud of his decision to study at La Trobe. “I love the campus, I love La Trobe. International Business is what attracted me,” Mr Iruvaram said. “It had the subjects that I wanted to do—customer relationship management, dealing with different nationalities and different cultures,” he added.

Iruvaram aims to continue his career in business and specialise in digital marketing. Since earning his degree, he has landed a Marketing Management internship with Smart Solutions.


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