August significant month for Broome Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 31-8-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



August is an important month for The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus as it features both its Graduation Ceremony and the annual Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture.

Broome students and their families joined with staff, Governors of the University and members of the Notre Dame community for what proved to be a memorable experience for all.

The 2011 Valedictorian, Janelle Walford, spoke on behalf of students who were graduating from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Education and Nursing.

Many of the special guests who had travelled to Broome for the graduation also took the opportunity to attend the annual Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture which was delivered by Ms June Oscar, a Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing and graduate of the Broome Campus.

Ms Oscar is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre and company director of Bunuba Films.

In her lecture, Ms Oscar reflected on the analytical tools and methodological approaches to gathering evidence she had learned as a student. She told the gathering that this had subsequently influenced her work in community and economic development over the past decade since she graduated with her Bachelor of Commerce.

Her role as director of Bunuba Films has seen her based on the Broome Campus in the beginning of 2011 as the company rehearsed the critically acclaimed production of Jandamarra Returns.

Ms Oscar told the audience that the Broome Campus was more than a traditional higher learning institution.

“It also is a community resource to people of the Kimberley. Many will not know of the vital role that Notre Dame played in the development of the Jandamarra play that has just completed its tour of the Kimberley region,” Ms Oscar explained.

“Both the Fremantle and Broome campuses provided important resources to the Bunuba community and our production team.”

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Broome, Professor Lyn Henderson-Yates said both the Graduation and Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture were key celebratory events in the Campus’ calendar year.

“Seeing our graduands achieve their educational goal is extremely rewarding and having the opportunity to listen to prominent speakers on topics that are central to reconciliation is both enlightening and relevant to people everywhere,” Professor Henderson-Yates said.

Photograph featured on the University's homepage is the 2011 Valedictorian Janelle Walford. Photographs supplied courtesy of Red Dirt Photography.

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