End of an era: longest enrolled student graduates from Sydney Campus

Fadi Hajjar (left) with son Luca and wife Bouchra join Associate Dean of the School of Philosophy & Theology, Sydney, at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony

7 January 2015

Fadi Hajjar commenced study in the inaugural intake of The University of Notre Dame Australia's Sydney Campus in 2006, and has now graduated from the University with his third degree.

Fadi graduated with a Bachelor of Theology on Thursday 18 December 2014, after previously completing a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Secondary), and witnessing the campus grow from a few of hundred students to over 5000 across the Broadway and Darlinghurst sites.

"After high school I began working in real estate but was not finding it fulfilling," Fadi said.

"I had always wanted to do something in Theology and when I heard about Notre Dame and its new campus in Sydney I decided to explore the possibilities."

As part of his Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Fadi completed Notre Dame's Logos Program in which all students completed units of study in theology, philosophy and ethics. After graduating in 2009 and beginning work as a secondary teacher, Fadi continued with his interest by enrolling in the Bachelor of Theology.

"With teaching you are able to give back and you are able to inspire your students in their love of learning," Fadi said.

"What attracted me to theology and philosophy was the opportunity to ask the big questions, and to consider some of the works of the best thinkers of all time. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to seek knowledge and hopefully gain wisdom."

One of the elements of the Notre Dame experience that has continued to impress Fadi has been the level of expertise and approachability of staff.

"Notre Dame has a real family feel about it. The lecturers and tutors are knowledgeable and approachable and that's a key reason I wanted to continue with my studies here." Fadi said.

"The generosity and authentic witness of my lecturers continues to inspire me. I have grown in faith and realise that there is so much more to learn; I am still at the start of this journey."

Fadi graduated alongside his wife, Bouchra, who completed a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education after previously completing a Bachelor of Education at Notre Dame. Although both are enjoying having finished their courses, Fadi hopes to return to his alma mater for further study next year.

Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093; leigh.dawson@nd.edu.au