Education achievement celebrated in the Kimberley

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 1-8-2006

Publisher Name

The Univeristy of Notre Dame, Broome

Publication Place



The Broome Campus of The University of Notre Dame Australia held its Graduation Ceremony on Friday 28 th of July. 39 students graduated in a variety of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and Higher Education courses.

Over 350 people were in attendance on the grounds of the Campus to witness the University’s Chancellor, the Hon Justice Neville Owen confer the nominated candidates.

Special guests included Yawuru elder Cissy Djaigween who performed the welcome to country, Federal Member for Kalgoorlie, Mr Barry Haase and the Shire President of Broome Mr Graeme Campbell.

This year’s guest of honour was Fr Ray Hevern SAC, the Regional Leader of the Pallottine Order. He spoke about the history of the Order in the Kimberley and their significant contribution to the region over 105 years.

The Lands family from Broome had good reason to celebrate as daughter Sharona graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Sharona’s mother Merrilee had previously graduated from the Broome Campus in 2002 with a Bachelor of Education.

The Patricia and Michael Kailis Award, which is given to the highest achieving student, was awarded to Katie Donnelly, a Bachelor of Education graduate. In her Valedictory speech she thanked the staff of the Broome Campus for the high level of pastoral care that she had received throughout her studies.