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Alice Springs Graduation

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Drum Atweme leading in the academic procession

 

On Friday the 16th September Batchelor Institute celebrated the graduation of 149 students across a range of disciplines.

Students from Alice Springs, Yuendumu, Hermannsburg and a range of communities across the Northern Territory celebrated their achievements in front of family and friends. As well as awarding over 100 VET Certificates, this year also saw students receiving higher education qualifications in education, health science and Indigenous knowledges. Nine students also graduated from the Pathways To Tertiary Success course, which provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a gateway into university studies.

Drum Atweme of Yipirinya School led in the academic procession, which was followed by a Welcome to Precinct by Elder in Residence Mr Harold Furber and a Welcome to Country by Lhere Artepe.

Batchelor Institute CEO Robert Somerville AM addressed the students and attendees at the ceremony.

“I know that the qualification you are about to receive will make a real difference. And I trust that it will assist you in achieving you own personal aspirations. Most importantly, that it enables you to make a real difference to our people, whether it be as a professional, a tradesperson, a leader or as a role model,” said Mr Somerville AM.

“Today’s graduation represents the largest cohort of graduating students with Batchelor Institute for more than 10 years. There are more than 700 qualification completions in 2015 and 2016 will see this rise to more than 800.”

Professor Markham Rose, Chairperson of the Batchelor Institute Council was also present on the day to confer the certificates to the graduates.

“There is no better day on the academic calendar than graduation day. This is what it is all about,” said Professor Rose.

Graduate Debbon Webb provided the Student Response and spoke about his journey to becoming an educator at Bradshaw School.

Alice Springs radio station CAAMA live broadcasted the event, with the help of Batchelor Institute media student Jason Matthews.

Batchelor Institute would like to congratulate all the graduates and wishes them all the best in the future.

 

To see more photos from the event, please take a look at the slideshow below: