CSU graduation season in Sydney

Monday 21 Aug 2017

Flags CSU Bathurst gatewayCharles Sturt University (CSU) will host graduation ceremonies for 675 students from three faculties at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 August.

CSU Council members Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann and Dr Angelos Frangopolous will officiate at three ceremonies for the Faculty of Arts and Education, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.

Professor Vann said, "Graduation is one of the highlights of the academic year, and I am pleased to welcome our graduates, their families, friends and the community to celebrate this special event.

"I congratulate our graduating professionals on the successful completion of their studies with us.

"Charles Sturt University takes pride in producing job-ready professionals who enter the workforce very insightful, capable of making a positive impact, and able to create an inclusive society and inspire others.

"Many of our graduates are already working, but they still make arrangements to attend their formal graduation ceremony because it means so much to them and their families.

"All our graduates can take great pride in their achievements, and we wish them every success as they join or advance in the professions for which they have trained as they enter a new chapter of the lives."

Local Aboriginal Elder Aunty Kerrie Kenton will conduct a Welcome to Country at the graduations, and the Occasional Address will be delivered by Dr Janawirri Forrest who is graduating with a PhD from the School of Communication and Creative Industries. His thesis topic is Forrest's Soujourn: a journey into the other. (See more details in Media Note at the end.)

There will be three graduation ceremonies held in the Grand Pavilion at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

On Tuesday 22 August at 3.30pm 250 students in the Faculty of Arts and Education, and in the Division of Student Learning, and the Academic Success Unit will graduate.

On Wednesday 23 August there will be two ceremonies. At 10.30am 240 students in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences will graduate, including Dr Elizabeth Kernahan, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical).

At 3.30pm on Wednesday 23 August 185 students graduate from the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, followed by those from the Faculty of Science. Science PhD graduates are Dr Emma Dunston and Dr Danielle Girard.


Media contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

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The synopsis for Dr Janawirri Forrest's thesisForrest's Soujourn: a journey into the other explains: Life as an Aboriginal person is one of constant search and re-search. My thesis describes my experience of becoming an Aboriginal artist and musician during the becoming of Aboriginal Art. I retrace my trajectory within my 'three worlds' as a Western Desert Aboriginal man, with my mother's European heritage, during my soujourn as an international artist. My thesis and paintings depict the becoming visible of Aboriginal art from the invisibility of Aboriginal people, the disparity between our aesthetic and market ethics, and the misrepresentation of both Aboriginal people and their art. This story needed to be told from an Indigenous Australian point of view.