Top students awarded for academic achievement

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 1-4-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



Students were awarded for their outstanding academic achievements recently when The University of Notre Dame Australia’s, Sydney Campus held its prestigious annual Gaudeamus Awards.

The night began with a mass, celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal George Pell and Bishop Fisher op, in St Benedict’s Church before the official proceedings of the evening.

Awards were handed out to the top students from each school who either made the Deans’ List, receiving the highest marks for their course, or had averaged distinctions in 2007.

The highest achieving student of 2007 for the entire student body was a School of Nursing undergraduate, Merrin Smith, who was presented with the Vice Chancellor’s Medal.

The ‘Cardinal Pell Award’ was given to Lydia Christoforidis who was the highest performing student in a core curriculum unit. The Bishop Fisher op Award was presented to Edward Clapin, for his research essay in Ethics 100.

Campus Minister, Anthony Crook commented on the ceremony, “The goal of the evening was to celebrate, the academic excellence of our students and affirm them in their choice of Notre Dame as a worthy place for their tertiary studies.”

At the end of the awards ceremony students involved in two new leadership programs – the Newman and St Luke’s programs - were presented to Cardinal Pell.

These new initiatives incorporate a range of senior students from all schools within the University, aiming to nurture and form the spiritual, social and civic awareness of future community leaders from within the student body.

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