Fremantle School of Medicine graduates first cohort

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 15-12-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia’s, Fremantle Campus, graduated over 816 students on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December. Four ceremonies were held over the two days with staff, family and friends and University supporters gathering to share in the graduands celebrations.

This year the University celebrated a significant milestone in its development when its first cohort of medical students graduated. 74 students successfully completed the graduate entry four year degree which has a key focus to graduate students who will practise in areas of unmet need. Notre Dame’s School of Medicine is Western Australia’s second medical school.

During their four years of study students not only undertake clinical experiences in WA’s metropolitan public and private hospitals but they have also completed extensive practical placements in regional hospitals and health centres as remote as WA’s Kimberley region down to the south of WA in the town of Albany giving them first-hand experience living and working in rural communities.

Notre Dame’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond said, “Graduation ceremonies are wonderful occasions for the University at which the students’ achievements are acknowledged and celebrated.

“There is a sense of pride and satisfaction for all concerned. The graduates themselves, their families and friends and the Notre Dame staff. “This year we have had the extra joy of our first graduation for the School of Medicine, an historic milestone for the University, and the culmination of years of planning and hard work. I congratulate the graduates at all four ceremonies on their fine achievement."

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