Issue 9
Monday, 19 June 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks (left) and Chancellor Neil Balnaves AO (right) with graduates at the Indigenous Valedictory ceremony in Alice Springs
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks (left) and Chancellor Neil Balnaves AO (right) with graduates at the Indigenous Valedictory ceremony in Alice Springs

Alice hosts student graduation

By Patrick Nelson

About 350 students have been acknowledged for their academic completions at a graduation ceremony in Alice Springs. 

Director Central Australia Lyle Mellors said about 70 graduates from the Vocational Education and Training faculty and higher education, including the Menzies School of Health Research, crossed the stage at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.

Among them was Lisa Hall, the sixth Alice Springs-based resident to graduate with a PhD from CDU in the past seven years.

Dr Hall worked with seven qualified Aboriginal teachers from remote communities in Central Australia to explore what may be done to create effective pathways for future Indigenous teachers.

Mr Mellors said Dr Hall carried the ceremonial mace in the academic procession.

“We congratulate Dr Hall and indeed all our completing students upon their achievements and wish them well in the future knowing they are equipped with a high quality educational qualification,” he said.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) graduate Nerida Liddle was presented with a Chancellor’s Medal for achieving the highest grade-point average in a program from the Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment. Deputy Administrator Pat Miller AO delivered the Occasional Address and midwifery student Elizabeth Hughes the Graduate Response.

CDU’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates were acknowledged at a valedictory ceremony held at Alice Springs campus.

“Participating students were presented with a CDU Indigenous Leadership pin, and those graduating with a Certificate IV or above were presented with an Indigenous Stole," Mr Mellors said.