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NMIT honours a new crop of graduates ready for work in the twenty-first century.

25 Mar 2013

After years of study and building their skills, graduation is the ultimate event in the life of a student. Yesterday evening, NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE), held its annual graduation ceremony at the Dallas Brooks Centre in East Melbourne.

Around 930 local and 3500 international students (from 28 international partner institutions) are among this year's crop of NMIT graduates, receiving diploma, advanced diploma and bachelor degree qualifications across a wide range of studies including Applied Art, Building, Business, Engineering, Koorie, Performing Arts, Personal Services, Rural Studies and Horticulture and Social and Community Services. Around 1500 graduates, friends and family attended the ceremony.

The ceremony represented a landmark year for NMIT, with the graduation of NMIT's first group of bachelor degree students with 23 students receiving degrees in Aquaculture, Equine Studies, Australian Popular Music and Viticulture and Winemaking.

Highlights of the evening included a welcoming speech from NMIT CEO, Brian MacDonald and the Graduation Address by well-known entrepreneur, actor and Rockwiz adjudicator, Brian Nankervis. Brian spoke about his own career journey and the need to 'follow your passion'; his most entertaining address proved an inspiration to all in attendance.

Outstanding Student of the Year Awards

The graduation ceremony also honoured a select group of outstanding NMIT students across 10 categories. The NMIT 2009 Outstanding Students of the Year are:

Outstanding Student of the Year - Apprentice: Sophie Williams
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Earth Sciences: Kellet McDonnell
Outstanding Student of the Year - Koorie: Laurel Johnson
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Business: Milton Jr Chaloping
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Hospitality, Tourism and Personal Services: Beverley Charles
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Building and Construction: Mathew Hecker
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Further Education: Les Zigomanis
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: Nicholas Morgan
Outstanding Student of the Year - Faculty of Engineering: Deborah Porter
Outstanding Student of the Year - Higher Education: Kathryn Langdon

NMIT 2009 Outstanding Student of the Year

In addition to the category-based awards for Outstanding Students, each year, NMIT honours an individual student who stands out above all others in academic performance, application of skills and approach to learning. The recipient of the award is not announced until graduation evening and, this year, Certificate IV in Renewable Energy graduate, Deborah Porter, was awarded NMIT 2009 Outstanding Student of the Year.

Deborah, an Epping Campus student, researched a number of TAFE courses before deciding on NMIT. “I was aware of NMIT's strong reputation for professional links and industry partnerships but I was won over when I saw the facilities offering practical experience,” recalls Deborah. “I was really pleased with the blend of theory and practical subjects and the supportive teaching environment that NMIT presented.”

While studying full-time at NMIT, Deborah worked part-time with Energy Matters - a company specializing in wind energy and solar power installation. Since graduating she has gone on to a full-time position with the company and is now the National Services Operations Manager. “I feel totally valued as an employee and so lucky to have a job in an exciting, developing industry. This course has given me the opportunity to make such positive changes in my life,” adds Deborah.


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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.