Notre Dame's Sydney Campus celebrates inaugural Graduation

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 18-12-2008

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The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus celebrated its inaugural graduation yesterday.

120 students from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Nursing and Philosophy and Theology graduated in front of over 500 family, staff and friends.

Nursing student, Ruth Mychael, was named the first Valedictorian for the Sydney Campus. Executive Director of the Catholic Education Office Sydney, Br Kelvin Canavan, received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University.

Notre Dame’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, said, “Graduation ceremonies are wonderful occasions in which students’ achievements are acknowledged and the academic culture of Notre Dame celebrated.

“There is a sense of justified pride and satisfaction for all concerned, the graduates themselves, their families and friends and the Notre Dame staff.

“This year we have the extra joy of our first graduation on the Sydney Campus: an historic milestone for the University, and the culmination of years of planning and hard work. I congratulate the graduates on their fine achievement."

The Sydney Campus opened in February 2006 with the foundation Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Law, Nursing, and Philosophy and Theology. Since then the University has grown significantly, opening an additional site in Darlinghurst which accommodates the Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

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