Cultural Sashing Ceremonies

Cairns and Townsville Graduations, March 2018

In March 2018 we saw many of our graduating students attend the Sashing Ceremony prior to their official graduation. Proud family and friends witnessed this special occasion.

Graduating students who identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are entitled to wear a cultural sash that identifies their cultural heritage as being Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or both. The sash is placed around the wearer's neck by the Chancellor at a dedicated ceremony that takes place in a side-room within the graduation venue. It is worn over the graduation gown for the official graduation ceremony, and can also be worn at formal academic ceremonies. Family and friends are also invited to attend this intimate event.

Cairns and Townsville Health Graduation Celebrations

Congratulations to all recent JCU Cairns graduates, especially our friends Sean Taylor (Doctor of Clinical Practice) and Peta Sunai (Bachelor of Nursing Science). Sean and Peta were regular visitors at the Indigenous Education and Research Centre during their studies. Family and friends celebrated their achievements with Centre staff at a special morning tea on 18 December 2017.

Congratulations also to all the Indigenous graduates from JCU Townsville who were awarded their degrees, which will open many doors for their future careers. It was great to see friends and family come to join in the celebrations with us – a proud moment for many. Held on 19 December 2017, the special event honoured students graduating with a Bachelor of Exercise Science (2 graduates), Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2 graduates), Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (3 graduates), Bachelor of Nursing Science (3 graduates), Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery (2 graduates) and Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1 graduate).

Hear from our graduates

Sean and Peta completed their studies at JCU Cairns with the support of the Indigenous Education and Research Centre