GRADUATION: Bachelor of Business student Kerri Hetherington became the first Chancellor's Medal recipient on the Fraser Coast.
GRADUATION: Bachelor of Business student Kerri Hetherington became the first Chancellor's Medal recipient on the Fraser Coast. Cody Fox

GALLERY: Fraser Coast uni graduates make history

A RECORD number of students graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast's Fraser Coast campus this week.

More than 40 students received degrees from USC Chancellor Sir Angus Houston at a ceremony in the upstairs ballroom of the Beach House Hotel yesterday.

Among those receiving their hard-earned degrees was was Bachelor of Business graduate Kerri Hetherington who became the first Chancellor's Medal recipient on the Fraser Coast.

The 21-year-old's motto in life is to commit 100 per cent to study, work and helping others.

Not only did the Urangan State High School graduate achieve near-perfect grades and receive several academic awards but Ms Hetherington also contributed to a textbook on consumer behaviour.

The Hervey Bay student's extensive volunteer work across a range of student and community events and initiatives also contributed to her success with the award.

"I don't feel like I have completed a task until I have given my all,” Ms Hetherington said.

"When I was looking at what to do after high school I wanted to go to university because it was an option my parents never had when they were younger.

"My parents are a big inspiration. I have grown up watching them work hard and give back to those around them when they're able, so it was ingrained in me to do the same.

"My advice to anyone wanting to take a similar path is to stay focused and driven.

"Make the most of it, I didn't think the four years of my degree would go as fast as they did.”

Ms Hetherington extended her three-year full-time degree to four years as she was taking care of a family member.

Her resume includes an internship at Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, coordinating Hervey Bay's annual Carols by Candlelight, helping to organise events to raise vital funds for a regional drug rehabilitation centre and working as a church youth leader.