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Darwin send-off for CDU graduates

The first graduating cohort for 2023 includes 1,088 students in Higher Education, 1,078 in Vocational Education and Training, and 11 PhD graduates, who will receive their degrees at Darwin Convention Centre this week.
The first graduating cohort for 2023 includes 1,088 students in Higher Education, 1,078 in Vocational Education and Training, and 11 PhD graduates, who will receive their degrees at Darwin Convention Centre this week.

The first round of 2023 graduation ceremonies will take place in the Territory this week, with over 2,000 Charles Darwin University (CDU) students set to complete their studies.

The cohort includes 1,088 students in Higher Education, 1,078 in Vocational Education and Training, and 11 PhD graduates.

The ceremonies will celebrate graduates from a diverse range of disciplines such as business and law, nursing and midwifery, health and human sciences, Indigenous futures, education, the arts, and engineering, IT, and the environment.

Graduate and University Medal recipient Rachel Yun said she is fulfilling a long-term goal in completing her Bachelor of Clinical Sciences at CDU.

“I’ve had a passion for science and learning about the human anatomy since high school,” Ms Yun said. 

“Studying at CDU sparked my interest in remote and rural health, and everyone I have met has been so supportive of my career goals. I had a great network of lecturers, peers, friends and family to motivate me throughout my degree.”

Ms Yun is continuing her studies of a Doctor of Medicine in the Northern Territory Medical Program and intends to serve the NT health system.

“I’ve lived in Darwin for most of my life, and I love the welcoming community in the NT. Our healthcare system supports so many people from all walks of life, and I want to advocate for improved access and care while ensuring Territorians receive the medical treatment they need,” she said.

After an extensive career in the public sector in both state and federal governments, Darwin-based business consultant Renee Long is a proud Territorian graduating with a Master of Public Policy.

“When the Master of Public Policy was first offered, I thought there’s finally a course that will suit the unique way policy needs to be developed in the NT,” Ms Long said.

“CDU offered flexible, practical study that prioritised the context of the Territory in public policy. And I think that’s what sets this course apart from others offered by interstate universities.”

Ms Long said the degree consolidated years of experience and knowledge in policy development and program management in the NT, and opened the door to more career opportunities.

“In the consultation space, a lot of people have postgraduate degrees in business administration, but a Masters in Public Policy offers something a little more specialised.”

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said graduation recognises the dedication and accomplishments of many CDU students who will be going forth to rewarding careers.

“I am proud to see so many of our students reach this significant milestone and fulfil their academic goals after years of hard work and commitment,” Professor Bowman said.

“I congratulate all graduates on completing their studies. We are thrilled to have been able to play an important role in their education, their achievement is a success for the University just as much as it is for them.”

CDU Graduation ceremonies will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre this Thursday May 18 and Friday May 19.

Further graduation ceremonies will be held next month in Alice Springs on June 15.

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