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Welcome to a world that will challenge and sometimes confront you

Commencing students were welcomed to “a provocative adult environment” at the first of the semester two official welcomes, held at Sandy Bay campus today.

The official welcome ceremony – also known as Convocation – is a highlight of Orientation activities on the University’s campuses (the Cradle Coast Convocation was also held today and it is Newnham’s turn tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11).

It traditionally begins with an academic procession. At Sandy Bay, a Welcome to Country by elder Aunty Brenda followed, and then the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal Research and Leadership), Professor Maggie Walter, gave the keynote address.

“As new students you are entering a provocative adult environment that will challenge and sometimes confront you – but this should be embraced and celebrated as an integral part of higher education and its critical and reflective consideration of complex issues,” Professor Walter said.

“We invite you to reflect on what it means to you to become a part of the Tasmanian community as your orientation week unfolds.

“This week … is not only about equipping you with the important information and resources that will assist you during this challenging but exciting time but is also about inspiring you to envisage what opportunities, choices and pathways will open for you.”

Commencing students were urged to complement their studies and build their experience with active engagement on campus and in the community.

Professor Walter, a descendent of the pairrebenne people of the North East Nation, then spoke of the concept of ‘islandness’ and her understanding of that in the Tasmanian context (commencing students were all given a copy of Island magazine).

Published on: 10 Jul 2017 12:25pm