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Mon, 19 Dec 2016

Healthy futures graduating today

Dentistry students preparing to have their group photograph taken.
Class photograph time for 70 new dentists.

It’s hats on at the Cairns Convention Centre today for more than 200 health graduands who will receive their degrees at a James Cook University ceremony.

JCU will present 107 degrees in nursing and 70 in dentistry, as well as degrees in public health, psychology, sport and exercise science and exercise physiology.

A total of 219 are graduating and 22 medals for academic excellence will be awarded.

The graduation ceremony for JCU’s Division of Tropical Health and Medicine will include the first graduands from the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education. This course focuses on the clinical issues faced by diabetes educators practising in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

The Occasional Address will be delivered by Mr Terry Mehan, Administrator of Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.

Earlier in the day JCU’s Indigenous Health Unit will host a pre-graduation celebration at the Smithfield campus for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their friends and families.

This celebration is held in recognition of the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates from across the Division: two graduands from dentistry, four from nursing and one from the Diploma of Higher Education, who will begin her nursing studies in 2017.

This is JCU’s second Cairns graduation ceremony this year and brings the total number of degrees awarded here in 2016 to 510 – the University awarded 291 degrees at a ceremony for the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies in March.