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Students 'graduate and celebrate' at CIT Bruce

Published: 10 Nov 2015

Almost 200 CIT students, including 14 prize and medal winners, celebrated their achievements in two official robed celebration of graduation events at Canberra Institute of Technology on 1 April.

The events were a chance for students like institute medal winners Hanna Darmody and Adam Bownds to celebrate the milestone with their family and friends and the staff who have helped them along their learning journey.

Awarded an institute medal for outstanding academic achievement, Hanna Darmody hopes to apply her newfound knowledge about today's society, consumers and trends through her Diploma of Marketing to benefit her family's butchery business in Bungendore.

Adam, an ambitious public servant, says his Advanced Diploma of Management has helped him gain the skills and knowledge to progress in his career, and has a passion for sharing his learnings in the workplace. The high-achiever has since been working on a 'continuous improvement' project in his workplace to support and encourage staff to take on self-development initiatives.

The occasional address at each ceremony was delivered by a recent graduate, including ACT personality Sally Moylan. Recently named one of Her Canberra's '15 women to watch in 2015', the professional cricketer says she will take 12 months off from the ACT Meteors to pursue volunteer activities and "give back to the community", especially looking to volunteer with young Indigenous and disadvantaged kids in Canberra.

Sally is living evidence of her mantra "you can do anything you put your mind to". Her passion for a range of social courses, vocational education and training, sport, her work and goal to become a field officer or ranger - as well as "for life" - make her a true inspiration for graduating students.

The outstanding efforts of another Aboriginal woman, Felicity Corbin, were also acknowledged with the awarding of the prestigious Len Barratt Award.

The first time in five year this particular prize has been awarded, it recognises leadership and mentoring efforts as well as academic excellence in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student.

Felicity, a continuing CIT student, student mentor, and finalist in the 2014 ACT Training Excellence Awards in the category of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, says her studies have given her confidence in herself and knowledge of what she is capable of.

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.