Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Charles Darwin University
Hundreds of graduates celebrated their accomplishments at the CDU September graduation ceremonies.
Hundreds of graduates celebrated their accomplishments at the CDU September graduation ceremonies.

Graduation ceremonies commend CDU students success

Around 400 graduates celebrated their educational achievements at the Charles Darwin University (CDU) graduation ceremonies on Friday, 17 September.

This was the second time that CDU has been able to hold in-person graduation ceremonies at the Darwin Convention Centre since the start of COVID-19.

The graduates completed a range of degrees, with 126 in Higher Education, 268 in Vocational Education and Training and 15 doctoral and research higher degree graduates

They marked the success of their academic journey in disciplines including business and law, nursing and midwifery, health and human sciences, Indigenous futures, education and the arts, and engineering, IT and the environment across three ceremonies.

Among the graduating cohort are also 173 international graduates and 60 First Nations graduates.

Graduates heard from distinguished guest speakers including NT Supreme Court Judge the Hon Justice Stephen Roger Southwood QC, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Quarantine at Centre for National Resilience Lisa Vermeulen, and Emily Moyes, ecologist and Park Manager at Crocodylus Park.

The Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Hon Vicki O’Halloran AO, and local member Mark Monaghan MLA attended the ceremonies as VIP guests.

An Indigenous Valedictory Ceremony on Thursday, 16 September acknowledged all 60 First Nations graduates, who were presented with a memento of an Indigenous pin or stole to wear at the graduation ceremonies.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman AO said the University was thrilled to be able to play such an important role in the education of graduates and their future careers.

“Graduation ceremonies are about celebrating our students’ hard work and success. It is delightful to see CDU graduates achieve this significant milestone of their lives,” Professor Bowman said.

“I’m confident that all of CDU’s graduates make a positive impact on their communities. As CDU alumni, they are important to the University’s identity and growth in the future.”

CDU’s Chancellor, the Hon Paul Henderson AO, confered the awards and presented testamurs to graduates. University Provost Professor Mike Wilson was the master of ceremonies.

Families and friends who could not attend the ceremonies in-person were able to watch a live streaming of the events.