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Central Graduation 2012

More than 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from some 50 communities represented from all states and territories of Australia were honoured with awards at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education graduation ceremony held at the Desert Peoples Centre on Thursday 6th September.

It was a joyful day for graduating students, their families, friends and communities; and for Batchelor Institute it represents another key milestone of high achievement in its continuous commitment and development of adult-learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Former outstanding student and now a successful Home Liaison Officer working with the Department of Education and Training, Debra Joanne Lyons, responded to the students with her enthused energy and passion to inspire others and influence change within the communities. In her own words, “ongoing study continuously inspires” her.

The ceremony began at 2pm with an Academic procession of lecturers and graduating students wearing stunning gowns led by the popular Drum Atweme group of the Yipirinya School who provided wonderful and talented entertainment for the entire audience.

A multi-talented Indigenous lecturer for Creative Writing, Yvette Holt, was the MC and gave the Welcome to the Precinct address. Ms Holt presented the graduation ceremony with enthusiasm and respect for Indigenous Knowledges and cultures. The audience was entertained with her jokes and charismatic personality. Centre for Appropriate Technology Chairperson Peter Renehan was the keynote speaker and shared his inspiring story about past and present Indigenous workforce developments. The story emphasised both the resilience of Indigenous people in spite of facing numerous challenges and that Indigenous people continue with their efforts to grow stronger as a community.

Batchelor Institute Director, Adrian Mitchell stated that the graduation ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the achievements of our students who have worked hard to succeed in their studies.

‘The Institute is growing stronger than ever. Our Higher Education courses, delivered through the ACIKE partnership with Charles Darwin University, Vocational Education and Training and Higher Degrees by Research courses are closely aligned to key employment opportunities, particularly in rural and remote Australia. Batchelor has a long history of contributing to the development of stronger, safer and healthier communities, and the new facilities at the Desert Peoples Centre, shared with our partners the Centre of Appropriate Technology offer the opportunity for a sustained period of growth for the Institute.

Our dedicated staff here in Central Australia are also a great asset and have substantially improved the outcomes for Indigenous people from the education and training they deliver or support and the collaborative relationships they have established with industry, the community and other organisations.’Adrian Mitchell

Head of Faculty Health, Business and Science, Professor Jan Schmitzer, spoke to the audience about her fourteen years of wonderful working experience with Batchelor Institute. She also said that it is significant to continuously develop Indigenous education so that Indigenous people can strengthen their identity, achieve success and transform their lives.

The graduation was witnessed by students’ families, local residents, and people from many communities, and organisations. This was a wonderful opportunity for the visitors to explore the Desert Peoples Centre.

Everybody enjoyed the afternoon tea which was served with a large mouth-watering cake and a variety of dishes on a beautiful sunny day.

The ceremony was broadcast live by Batchelor Institute Indigenous Media Unit Radio Rum Jungle through CAAMA Radio network, NIRS, TEABBA Radio, and Radio Larrakia. ABC Alice Springs Radio also broadcast a graduation day interview with Andrew Vinter, Coordinator/Lecturer for Conservation Land Management. There was also extensive print media coverage of the graduation in the NT News, Alice Springs News & the Territory Regional Weekly.