Honorary Doctorate of Laws for Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Dr Peter Tannock

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Media Release

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Summer 18-12-2009

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The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus graduated over 800 students on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December over four ceremonies.

More than 4,500 graduates, guests and staff gathered across the four ceremonies to share in the graduands' celebrations, which also included Mass on Saturday.

At the School of Medicine Graduation on Saturday 11 December, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Dr Peter Tannock received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond said, “This award is for his enormous contribution to Catholic education and especially for his dedication to Notre Dame Australia from its inception up until his official retirement in 2008.”

This year also saw the first graduate of the Pre-Medicine Certificate, Daniella Joyce, who is currently completing her Bachelor of Preventive Health. The Pre-Medicine Certificate is offered to high achieving Notre Dame undergraduate students who demonstrate a desire to study graduate entry Medicine at Notre Dame.

Pre-Medicine Course Coordinator, Associate Professor Elizabeth Mortley said the Pre-Medicine Certificate has been designed not only to assist our undergraduate students with their goal to apply for Medicine at Notre Dame, but also to instill into prospective future doctors a sense of duty, service, compassion and respect for individuals, their families and communities.

“I am very proud to be associated with the course and congratulate Daniella as the inaugural graduate,” she said.

At the final graduation ceremony, seven Notre Dame staff members graduated with a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching.

Rashmi Watson, Coordinator - Professional Development (Teaching and Learning); Coordinator - Graduate Certificate in University Teaching & Senior Lecturer (Education) said, “Staff from Medicine, Arts, Health Sciences and Nursing have benefitted from the course which provides both theory and practice to ensure the ongoing quality of the student experience through raised awareness of sound pedagogy.”

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