Notre Dame graduates called to transform communities where they live and work

Graduates celebrate their successes at Notre Dame’s Fremantle and Sydney Campuses.

More than 1100 graduates of The University of Notre Dame Australia were called to display mercy, large-heartedness, generosity and faith as they farewelled the Fremantle and Sydney Campuses in December 2015 and commenced their journey as instruments of change in their communities. Hundreds more from the Sydney Campus will celebrate their graduation at the Sydney Town Hall in April 2016.

The highest achieving graduates delivered the Farewell Addresses at each of the ceremonies. In Fremantle, these were delivered by Robin Coopes-Williams (Bachelor of Counselling), Shimona Driver (Bachelor of Education (Primary) / Bachelor of Behavioural Science), Tracey Sanders (Bachelor of Nursing) and Hannah Elliott (Bachelor of Biomedical Science).

Joel Maamary (Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (Honours)) and Samantha Manson (Bachelor of Communications & Media) delivered the Farewell Addresses at the Sydney Ceremonies.

It was also a momentous occasion for a number graduates who were conferred higher degrees by research nationally -

Fremantle: Dr Jo Connaughton (Doctor of Physiotherapy Research), Dr Judith Wilson (Doctor of Philosophy, Physiotherapy), Dr Amanda McCubbin (Doctor of Education), Dr Lawrence Pang (Doctor of Philosophy, Philosophy & Theology) and Dr Jane Power (Doctor of Philosophy, Law).

Sydney: Janine Brown (Master of Philosophy), Lisa Buxton (Master of Philosophy), and Dr Natarajan Arunachalamr (Doctor of Business Administration).

Professor Celia Hammond, Notre Dame’s Vice Chancellor, said the hopes and prayers for all graduates were that they embrace life, truly live, truly love, laugh often, and above all, let God’s light shine through.

“We hope and pray that as you go out today confident in your unique gifts and talents, but with an awareness of your own fragility and humanity and with a deeper understanding of your interconnectedness with all human people, that you let God’s mercy into your heart and let it shine through in your words and actions,” Professor Hammond said.


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