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Spirited celebrations at regional campuses

By Patrick Nelson

Staff and students celebrate in Tennant Creek Staff and students celebrate in Tennant Creek

Charles Darwin University’s regional communities have marked the end of the academic year with spirited celebrations in Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek.

Staff in Katherine celebrated a record breaking year where they delivered 94 courses to 336 individuals, including 99 Indigenous students.

In Nhulunbuy, 98 students were the toast of the town, while in Tennant Creek 31 students completed a wide range of subjects at a variety of levels.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks told students and guests in Katherine that CDU remained committed to delivering the training and tertiary education needs for their region and to work with industry and government to provide workers with the skills they need to help the region prosper and grow.

“With Federal and Northern Territory Government agendas for the development of Northern Australia, we anticipate that there will be an increase in opportunities for our graduates to seek employment and establish careers,” he said.

“My vision for CDU Katherine will see this service improved with new programs being made available for delivery, or support, through our Katherine campuses, and new options for study for those in the region seeking to start a tertiary qualification, or to upgrade existing qualifications to access career opportunities.”

In Nhulunbuy, campus Administrator Nicholas O’Callaghan marked the occasion with a reflection on the significance of “ceremony” and its meaning to the fabric of society.

“Ceremony provides an occasion for us to symbolise our thanks, symbolise our respect and pass on our best wishes,” he said.

“It is the recognition of the relationship that has already begun and a commitment to ongoing development of that relationship.

“The symbols of our celebration: gowns, certificates, photos, handshakes, and the noise friends and family make, would be remembered more than the words spoken.”

In Tennant Creek, Centre Leader Kate Young congratulated students on completing their studies.

“Completing a qualification is something to be proud of,” she said.

“We delivered courses in horticulture, sport and recreation, training and assessment, disabilities, aged care, business and computer training.”

Ms Young said it was important for the Barkly to hold the presentation event, which allowed students to share their success in completing a qualification with family, friends and the community.