Notre Dame turns out for Wagga Wagga Town and Gown

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 12-4-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney

Publication Place



Three staff members and eight Medicine students from Wagga Wagga Rural Clinical School have represented The University of Notre Dame Australia at the annual Wagga Wagga Town and Gown Academic Procession.

Associate Professor Joe McGirr, Associate Dean, Rural, together with Associate Professors Catherine Harding and Geraldine Duncan, led the students in the parade organised to celebrate the educational achievements of Wagga Wagga and to promote the city’s higher education opportunities to school leavers.

Associate Professor McGirr said Notre Dame staff and students made the University proud with their participation and enthusiasm on the day.

“It was a glorious day and the main street was entirely blocked off to traffic for the march,” said Associate Professor McGirr.

“Wagga Wagga staff, in particular, Sharon Shaw, did an amazing job organizing banners, gowns, hoods and personnel for the day.”

Representatives from schools, higher education institutions, local Parliament and the Australian Defence Force paraded through the heart of Wagga Wagga in their formal regalia, led by the Riverina Concert Band.

Fourth year Medicine student, Samuel Baxter’s plans to participate in the procession were derailed after he sprained his ankle on the morning of the parade. Not one to miss out on the action, though, Sam joined the Notre Dame team for the final 100m of the procession.

“It was very worthy of Sam, and a sign of his commitment, to march with his injury,” said Associate Professor McGirr.

Mr Baxter said it was a privilege to be part of the Town and Gown event, having grown up in Wagga Wagga with an awareness of the purpose behind the annual parade.

“Town and Gown is a great opportunity to celebrate academia in a town more famous for its sporting heroes,” Mr Baxter said.

“The atmosphere on the day was so positive, with people catching up and having a laugh together. Despite the recent floods, the town turned out in full force to show real fortitude.”

For further information please contact:
Communications Officer, Elizabeth Fenech
The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

T: 02 8204 4407
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