Issue 5 - June 1, 2009 enews home

Graduands robe up

CDU Chancellor Richard Ryan AO presents
Delean Holtze with her testamur

By Richmond Hodgson

More than 500 graduands robed up to receive formal recognition of the successful completion of their studies at Charles Darwin University during the recent mid-year graduation ceremonies at Casuarina campus.

They were part of more than 2300 higher education and vocational education and training
students who graduated.

A total of 15 PhDs and an Emeritus Professorship were awarded during the two mid-year graduation ceremonies.

Former CDU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Garnett PSM was awarded an Emeritus Professorship in recognition of her long-serving commitment and contribution to the university and to higher education in the NT.

Professor Garnett became the first Vice-Chancellor of CDU in October 2003. She has a national and international reputation for her contributions to the life sciences, and the peaceful development and application of nuclear technologies. She has been an Australian representative to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency since 1994.

The former Chief Executive of the Department of Employment, Education and Training, Peter Plummer, was recognised with an Honorary Doctorate.

Mr Plummer became the founding principal of Batchelor College in 1980. He served in various senior executive positions in the NT public service for 15 years and implemented a range of social and economic initiatives for the benefit of Territorians. At DEET, he oversaw a stronger focus on Indigenous education, and worked for the department to become a leader in education research and data analysis.

CDU staff Ali Rkein, Greg Heins and Susan Bandias were awarded PhDs, along with Caroline Atkinson, Josephine Caffery, Silvano Jung, Malcolm Mackellar, Peter Williams, Eva McRae-Williams, Daphne Cazalet, Piers Barrow, Kenneth Scott, Tsin Yeo, Karla Smith and Lynette Watson.

Medals were awarded to the most outstanding students: University Medal
Higher Education (HE) Sharon Bridgeman and Jacinta Kelly; Chancellor’s Medal HE Sally Savage, Lauren Hargreaves, Peter McDowell and Sarah Ireland, University Medal VET Kirsty Bulluss, and Chancellor’s Medal VET Josephine Brine.