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2015 Celebration of Graduation Event a Year of Firsts for CIT

Published: 30 Mar 2015

This Wednesday, almost 200 CIT students, including 14 prize and medal winners, will gather in an official robed event to celebrate their achievements as recent graduates at the annual CIT celebration of graduation event.

Each 'celebration of graduation' ceremony also acknowledges the efforts of outstanding students with a range of prizes and medals. In many instances, these are awarded not just for academic excellence, but they also recognise those who have gone above and beyond by mentoring other students, and made significant contributions to the community.

CIT Acting Chief Executive Leanne Cover says the focus on hands-on training and industry partnerships at CIT means the future is bright for CIT's graduates.

"With employment rates above the national average and consistent industry confidence in our students, our graduates have every opportunity for future success.

"We look forward to seeing what our latest graduates go on to achieve and the many ways they contribute to the economy and the character of the ACT," she said.

There is a huge spectrum of student experience represented at these ceremonies, and they are all stories to be celebrated.

"Some of our students come great distances to study at CIT, some have had to overcome great personal trials and some have had to work really hard to get to this point today. It's really important they have this opportunity to celebrate their success," Ms Leanne Cover said.

This will be the first major celebration of graduation event at the new location of CIT Bruce, and there'll be a couple of other notable differences as well.

"This year, to further ensure the celebration is all about the graduates, the occasional address will be delivered by past graduates. We hope this will inspire this year's graduates to make the most of their learning and follow their aspirations," Ms Cover said.

"We will also be awarding the prestigious Len Barrett Award to a very deserving recipient - it will be the first time in five years this particular prize has been awarded."

At this event we will also see the first group of graduates, a cohort of police officers, be acknowledged for their achievements in the Graduate Certificate in Forensics Firearms Examination.

"The students that attend these ceremonies have chosen to be publicly acknowledged and to celebrate their achievements with their family and friends and the staff who have helped them along their learning journey. These will be positive, vibrant ceremonies. They are definitely a highlight of the CIT calendar," Ms Cover said.

Media opportunity:

Interviews pre or post ceremony can be arranged with some of the inspirational award-winning graduates.

Graduation event details:

  • When: Wednesday 1 April, 10:30am and 4:30pm
  • Where: CIT Bruce Hall, Vowels Crescent, Bruce

Media Enquiries:
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Course enquiries:
Canberra Institute of Technology, phone (02) 6207 3188 or email