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Date:August 27, 2015

2015 Graduation Day for New Aboriginal Skilled Workforce

Left photo: Students celebrating their achievements at the 2014 Central Australian Graduation Ceremony, Batchelor Institute (DPC) Campus, Alice Springs. Right Photo: left to right, Certificate II in Kitchen Operations students Brianna Raggett and Monica Armstrong holding their awards.

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) invites the general public to come and celebrate the success and achievements of over 100 students who will graduate on Friday 4th September in Alice Springs at the DPC campus.

Students from 28 communities across the Northern Territory and interstate will graduate in the fields of:

  • Business
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • Children Services
  • Community Services
  • Conservation and Land Management
  • Education Support
  • Family Wellbeing
  • Kitchen Operations
  • Media
  • Training and Assessment


Special guests include The Honourable Peter Chandler, MLA – Member for Brennan, BIITE Chair of Council Professor Mark Rose and Chief Executive Officers from a range of Central Australian businesses as well as Batchelor Council.

Susan Walker, who is a graduand in the Diploma of Education Support, will deliver the response on behalf of all graduands. The ceremony will begin with an Academic procession of lecturers and graduating students led by the popular Drum Atweme group of the Yipirinya School, who will provide entertainment for the audience.

Lecturer in Family Wellbeing, Dawn Ross, will be the Master of Ceremonies and will give a “Welcome to the Precinct” address, and a representative of Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation will conduct the “Welcome to Country”. The CEO of Batchelor, Robert Somerville AM said, “It will be a wonderful day to celebrate the achievements of our students which is a true reflection of Batchelor Institute’s “Both-ways” approach to learning. “Both-ways” uses Indigenous knowledge to interpret a western education system ensuring student success.

The Institute would like to thank the communities of Central Australia and especially Alice Springs, by asking them to join us to celebrate the achievements of our students”.

The ceremony will begin at 2pm at the Desert People Centre (DPC) Campus, Desert Knowledge Precinct, South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs and will also be broadcast live on the CAAMA radio network.

All graduates and guests are welcome to enjoy an afternoon tea after the ceremony.