CSU School of Theology celebrates 2016 graduation

11 DECEMBER 2016

Former High Court Chief Justice Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE QC will address Charles Sturt University (CSU) theology graduates during a ceremony in Sydney on Monday 12 December.Sir Gerard Brennan, who was the 10th Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1995 to 1998 and a leading member of the Australian bar, will deliver the Occasional Address to almost 40 graduates from the University's School of Theology.The ceremony will be held from 9.30am on Monday 12 December in Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta.The Charles Sturt University Medal will be presented to Bachelor of Theology graduate Ms Claire Wright. The medal is the highest honour that the CSU governing body, the University Council, can present to undergraduates.Ms Wright, who studied at the United Theological College, has been recently ordained as a Uniting Church Minister. She'll take up her appointment at the Uniting Church in Bathurst in early 2017.Head of the School of Theology Associate Professor David Neville said, "The School of Theology celebrates the achievements of all graduates, and we are delighted that among their number is a University medallist, the School's seventh University medallist in eight years."During the same ceremony, the University Council will confer the title of Doctor of Health Studies (honoris causa) on Mr Ahmed Al Hajeri for his international contribution to paramedicine and emergency service management.Mr Al Hajeri, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has worked as a nurse and paramedic and is currently the Deputy CEO of the National Ambulance Company in the UAE.CSU was Australia's first university to offer a paramedicine degree, the Bachelor of Clinic Practice (Paramedic) which is offered by the University in Bathurst, Port Macquarie and online.  The graduation ceremony is one of a number of ceremonies being celebrated across CSU in December.

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The School of Theology offers a range of postgraduate programs in ageing and pastoral studies, religious and values education, pastoral counselling and theology. In addition to CSU Online, the programs are taught at a number of locations including St Barnabas College in Adelaide, St Francis Theological College in Brisbane, St Mark's National Theological Centre in Canberra and United Theological College in Parramatta.

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