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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Big year at Batchelor

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE achievements of students from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education were celebrated at the organisation’s largest graduation ceremony, held on June 15.

A total of 313 individual graduates received 350 awards at the Batchelor Campus, south of Darwin. Graduates came from 79 communities across four states and territories, with most students coming from the Northern Territory and many from remote communities.

Certificates presented ranged from VET Certificate I through to doctorates.

This year’s graduating group, the majority of which identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, is amongst the largest the Batchelor Institute has had in its 40-plus-year history of providing Indigenous education in the NT.

Batchelor also celebrated a record number of completions for 2016, with 1000 students finishing their qualifications.

In a graduation ceremony highlight, Jennifer Rita Fraser was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Knowledges, and gave a heartfelt address to the audience.

Each year, special awards are sponsored in recognition of students’ outstanding achievements in their fields of study.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation VET Award went to Karen Rogers, from Ngukurr (NT).

The Koori Mail Award, presented by general manager Naomi Moran, went to Daniel Wilson from Sawtell (NSW), recognising his outstanding achievements as a student enrolled in broadcasting or media studies.

The Harry Wilson Memorial Award went to Rita Oui, from Kuranda (Qld). This award is sponsored by the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA) in recognition of an outstanding student in the Certificate III Media course.

Valerie Wunungmurra, from Nhulunbuy (NT), won the NBC Consultants Award, which is sponsored by NBC Consultants in recognition of the most outstanding student that has completed a Certificate in Business.
Naomi Rosas receiving her Certificate IV from Batchelor Institute Council Chairperson Professor Mark Rose

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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