Around 400 TAFE and Higher Education students celebrated their graduation from NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) last night.
They were joined by over 1000 family, friends, NMIT Board members, and faculty staff at a ceremony held at the Melbourne Town Hall. Another 900 other local students graduated this year and will receive their awards in absentia.
The ceremony was also streamed live via the internet for those students whose family, friends or colleagues could not attend, including the relatives of hundreds of international graduates. Around 2600 students who completed qualifications at NMIT’s partner institutions in China, Hong Kong and Korea were also recognised during the ceremony.
Former Speaker of the House delivers Graduation address
Guest speaker for the evening was Harry Jenkins – former Federal House of Representatives member for Scullin, Speaker of the House, and long-time supporter of NMIT and vocational education in Melbourne’s north.
Harry spoke of growing up in Rosanna, the cultural diversity of Melbourne’s northern communities and the importance of vocational and higher education opportunities to the advancement of those communities.
He recalled his how his father, Dr Harry Jenkins Snr was the first in his family to study at tertiary level and how this had a great influence on his own future.
Special award for four-legged ‘honorary’ graduate
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Diploma of Remedial Massage and Diploma of Reflexology to Suzanne Waghorn. Suzanne, blind since the age of 24, studied the dual diploma at NMIT’s Preston campus where she was accompanied by her guide dog, Jikara. Integral to Suzanne’s ability to independently study at TAFE, Jikara received a special certificate of appreciation from the Institute while on stage last night. Both Suzanne and Jikara received the biggest applause of the evening.
NMIT 2014 Outstanding Student of the Year Category Awards
During the evening, nine NMIT students were presented with Outstanding Student of the Year Awards across 10 categories including:
NMIT Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee Student of the Year: Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Vor Proofe – Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, Collingwood Campus
NMIT Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year: Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Dianne Attard – Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care), Preston campus
NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Personal Services, Samuel Watts - Advanced Diploma of Justice, Preston campus
NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Further Education, Aaron Berryman – Certificate III in Companion Animal Services, Fairfield campus
NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Engineering, Jana King - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery), Fairfield campus
NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Earth Sciences, Will Mosely - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, Epping campus
NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Building and Construction, Renee Ridgway - Advanced Diploma of Building Desgin (Architectural), Preston campus
NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Guy Martin – Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, Collingwood campus
NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year: Higher Education, Julia May - Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Making, Epping campus.
NMIT 2014 overall Outstanding Student of the Year
Each year, NMIT recognises an individual student whose academic performance, skill and dedication to their field stands out from their peers. The student is honoured as the NMIT Outstanding Student of the Year and the award is not announced until Graduation evening.
This year, Faculty of Building and Construction graduate and Albanvale resident, Renee Ridgway, was named NMIT 2014 Outstanding Student of the Year.
Renee studied the Advanced Diploma of Building Desgin (Architectural) at NMIT’s Preston campus.
“I had a friend doing drafting at NMIT and he was gaining a lot of practical skills and doing some pretty high quality work,” recalls Renee. “At the time I was enrolled in a Bachelor of Architecture at another institution but wanted to get more practical skills and produce work of the same quality as my friend so I switched to TAFE and enrolled at NMIT.”
Since graduating from NMIT Renee secured a position as a draftsperson with SL Architecture in the city and is also now studying a Masters in Architecture at Deakin University with her long-time goal to become a fully qualified architect.
Interview / Photo Opportunity
Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or ua.ud1508673602e.civ1508673602.timn1508673602@rene1508673602drags1508673602emaj1508673602
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE trades as NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic across six campuses and six specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east plus a regional campus at Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.
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Interview / Photo Opportunity
Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener.