The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) welcomed more than 350 guests to the USQ Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Friday, 7 July.

The dinner was the latest of the university’s year-long celebrations of 50 years as a higher education institution and 25 years as a university.

Emcee for the evening was former USQ Senior Lecturer (Acting) Robert Ketton who entertained the audience with tales from USQ’s history and stories of successful alumni.

“I was involved in USQ’s 40 year celebrations and it was a real privilege to be welcomed back for the 50/25 anniversary,” he said.

“I’d like to say I’ll be available for USQ’s centenary too but we might have to see how things go.”

The entertainment line-up on the night featured cabaret performer Bethan Ellsmore, Australian comedy trio Tripod, and music group Midnight Groove.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Janet Verbyla said it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces back at USQ.

“As well as members of the wider Toowoomba community and current USQ staff and students, there were also people who had valuable roles in USQ’s growth present at the dinner,” she said.

“Milestones like this year’s 50/25 anniversary give us the chance to acknowledge, celebrate with, and thank those who have helped USQ become the globally accessible, world-class university that it is.”

Profits raised by the evening are going to be donated to the USQ Student Endowment Fund.

Read about USQ’s recent top 150 ranking here.


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