Issue 6 - 5 July 2010 enews home

Robyn shines light for others

From left: Robyn McInerney and son Minungka stand proud after graduation

By Jason McIntosh

Bachelor of Arts graduate Robyn McInerney is a shining example of persistence and determination in study.

The 58-year-old Alice Springs local battled through many challenges to complete her Bachelor of Arts from Charles Darwin University.

Robyn was overwhelmed when she received her degree recently in front of a 200-strong audience at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.

The talented artist signed up for the Bachelor of Visual Arts program in 2006.

It was a big step for someone who had left school nearly 40 years before and she initially struggled with the theory side of the course.

“At first it was too much for me and I was stressing out especially when I had to use a computer,” she said.

Robyn said the support of CDU’s Indigenous Academic Support Unit was critical in keeping her on track.

“Indigenous Academic Support Lecturer Lorraine St Clair came up to me and said ‘come on Robyn keep going, you can do it,’ and I’m so glad I listened to her,” she said.

“She has always been there to support me and I really valued it.”

Robyn said gaining her degree gave her a great sense of accomplishment.

Her son Minungka McInerney attended graduation and said he his mother was an inspiration to others.

“She persisted and stuck at the course and she is a shining light to any other Indigenous person in Australia willing to give things a go and stick at them,” he said.