Issue 8
Monday, 05 October 2020
Charles Darwin University
PhD graduate Belinda Davison was one of the ceremony’s student speakers
PhD graduate Belinda Davison was one of the ceremony’s student speakers

Students celebrate at virtual graduation

By Carl Pfeiffer

Charles Darwin University celebrated the academic achievements of more than 1200 students at virtual graduation ceremonies on 18 September. 

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement and Success Sam Jacob said social distancing and travel restrictions prevented plans to celebrate major student milestones in person, so CDU opted for an all-digital virtual format. 

“Graduation is a significant milestone and we wanted to make sure that all our students, whether they have studied online or on campus, experienced some of the joy of graduating with their families and friends,” she said. 

“Staff members from every area of the university worked hard to provide ceremonies that honoured our graduates, across the country, and across the globe.” 

The event featured multiple ceremonies taking place simultaneously online, with a multitude of guest student speakers including PhD graduate Dr Belinda Davison. 

Dr Davison is the Life Course Program project manager at Menzies School of Health Research, which aims to examine the effect of early life events on later health and disease. 

She graduated with a PhD titled “Chronic stress exposure and emotional wellbeing in Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous young adults”. 

Other student speakers included College of Education graduand Sharyn Bury, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society graduand BP Bhandari, College of Nursing and Midwifery graduand Rachelle Reyes and Asia Pacific College of Business and Law graduand Gabrielle Hill.