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Indigenous law graduate among stars of CQUni Cairns graduation

Indigenous law graduate among stars of CQUni Cairns graduation

Published:11 August 2017

Indigenous Law graduate Nareeta Davis is congratulated by Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, CQUni's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Chair in Indigenous Engagement.

Indigenous law graduate Nareeta Davis had a large contingent of supporters in the audience as she delivered a response address at the CQUniversity Cairns graduation ceremony this week.

Nareeta also accepted the Associate Vice-Chancellor's Medal, recognising her academic and community engagement achievements.

The Cairns mother is currently completing the practical component of her College of Law postgraduate studies at the Far North Queensland Women’s Legal Service, while working locally at BDO’s insolvency division.

"I want to use my degree to help underprivileged and homeless people and give them a voice," Nareeta told the Cairns Post.

"In particular I would like to go into family law. It (the degree) was certainly hard and there were lots of trial and errors but I just really wanted it."

The 30 graduates attending the Cairns ceremony represented fields ranging from education, engineering, business and finance to information systems, building design, aviation and health (including sonography and pathology).

Another distinctive graduate was Caroline Kermode, who doubled up with a Diploma of Work Health and Safety and a Bachelor of Accident Forensics.

The ceremony also celebrated Doctor of Professional Studies graduate Phillip Bohun who has researched ‘The Role of Music Education in Victorian Independent Secondary Schools’ and PhD graduate Nadia Mead who has researched ‘Using Bakhtin’s carnival to explore teacher identity and experience’.

Resource industry manager Linda Murray delivered the guest speech for the ceremony.

The CQUni alumnus is currently the East Weipa Operations Department Manager at Rio Tinto Weipa Operations.

Ms Murray is coordinating a mentoring program to provide Rio Tinto Weipa employees of all levels with the opportunity to grow themselves professionally and expand their networks. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous mentor and coaching programs and gives a lot of her time to mentor graduates who are new to the operation.

The CQUniversity Cairns graduation was held at the Cairns Convention Centre.