Message from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins: On Tuesday evening I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the Faculty of Theology & Philosophy and Faculty of Education & Arts and Spring Graduations.
Graduations are joyful, celebratory occasions for students and their families alike, but also for us as University staff. The ceremonies are an opportunity for us to feel proud of our work at ACU and to experience first-hand the transformative effect of our work on students’ lives. At these events we recognise our students’ academic achievements and encourage them to go forth into the community to use and share the knowledge, Graduate Attributes and commitment to serving the common good which have been formed during their ACU education.
Amongst Tuesday evening’s graduates was Kamilaroi woman, Bindi Bennett. Bindi is a lecturer in Social Work at ACU and the first recipient of one of our Indigenous Staff Research Scholarships to graduate with a PhD. In 2010 ACU became one of the first universities in Australia to introduce Indigenous staff research scholarships to facilitate valued Indigenous contribution to learning, research and community engagement. Bindi is a woman who is passionate and committed to her community and the title of her thesis is: Developing Identity as a Light-skinned Aboriginal Person with little or no Community and/or Kinship ties.
The Students Learning & Teaching portfolio was pleased to see its Director of Student Engagement and Services, Paul McJannet, graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Catholic Leadership. Several ACU staff members were recognised for their completion of the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.
Congratulations and accolades are due to all our recent staff and student graduates. Successfully completing any course of tertiary study - be it undergraduate or postgraduate - is a significant undertaking and an achievement worthy of celebration and commendation.