CDU graduation ceremony 


There will be a full house at the Darwin Entertainment Centre tomorrow night (October 13) as 220 students graduate from Charles Darwin University.

A further 700 graduates will be granted their degrees, diplomas and certificates in absentia.

Oldest of the graduates will be 58-year-old Paul Horner, who will receive his PhD after 25 years of study.

Mr Horner spent nine years to complete his PhD, during which he identified several new species of lizards.

Graduates range from VET students receiving their certificates and diplomas through to six PhD students and one Doctor of Teaching.

They will receive their degrees from Chancellor Richard Ryan.

Mike Lynskey, the former CEO of the Fred Hollows Foundation, will give the Occasional Address.

Mr Lynskey is now a consultant in Strategic Relations, and will talk about diversity and civil society.

Brunei student Shameemah Salahudeen, who will receive her Masters degree in Engineering Management, will give the reply on behalf of the students.

It is the final CDU graduation ceremony for 2006, after ceremonies in May and June.