Michael Duggan and Ian Langer were school buddies at Maryborough State High School and after going their separate ways, have ended up graduating together from USQ Fraser Coast, Michael with Bachelor of Education and Ian with Masters of Business Administration.
Michael Duggan and Ian Langer were school buddies at Maryborough State High School and after going their separate ways, have ended up graduating together from USQ Fraser Coast, Michael with Bachelor of Education and Ian with Masters of Business Administration. Jocelyn Watts

USQ graduates celebrate after all the hard work’s done

SOMETIMES the world's ways are mysterious. Sometimes two people are just meant to be friends.

Take Michael Duggan and Ian Langer for instance.

Both 44, the two have travelled along paths that fate ensured crossed many times.

Both were products of Maryborough State High School, both took two turns to finish Year 12 and both celebrate birthdays in February - just three days apart.

After school they went separate ways, as life often dictates, Michael to the army then into business, Ian to further studies then to the Chronicle and then on to work for employment organisations.

They rekindled their friendship after Michael left the army.

Then both enrolled at the University of Southern Queensland - Michael in Bachelor of Education and Ian in Masters of Business Administration.

Then at last weekend's USQ graduation, both graduated.

Michael has a job in Mackay and Ian was offered a gig in Mackay too but turned it down.

Asked if it felt strange, like they were destined to be mates, Ian admitted he did think about it from time to time.

"I do think about it a bit... it was great to go through and have that experience with Michael," Ian said.



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