Celebrating Excellence on the Broome Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 3-8-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus held its Graduation Ceremony on July 27th. Fifty-three students graduated from Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in the disciplines of Nursing, Education, Aboriginal Studies and Business.

Graduands travelled from across the Kimberley joining those from Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Perth, Melbourne and even the United States!

Bachelor of Education graduate, Jessica Crook, was awarded the Patricia and Michael Kailis Award. This prestigious annual award is given to the highest achieving student.

Ms Crook said the Broome Campus provided a fantastic and memorable learning environment.

“This University has not only guided us in becoming qualified professionals, but has nurtured personal development and ‘walked the talk’ when it comes to living the Catholic vision,” she said.

Sr Clare Ahern rsj was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her dedication to Notre Dame and to the Catholic education of the Indigenous people of the Kimberley.

In her address she exhorted all the graduates to live the message of Micah: ‘Act justly, love tenderly and walk in humble fellowship with our God.’

There were also distinguished service awards presented by Vice Chancellor, Dr Peter Tannock. Esther Bevan, Stephen ‘Baamba’ Albert and the Sisters of St John of God, were all acknowledged for their contribution to the Broome Campus’ vision. The University further acknowledged the Sisters’ work by naming the Campus’ nursing building The Sisters of St John of God Building.

The University’s Chancellor, the Hon Justice Neville Owen, and Sr Leone Collins sjog representing all the Sisters, unveiled the official plaque.

More than 300 guests attended the ceremony in the Campus’ Graduation Square.