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Awards celebrate CDU alumni achievements

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Dr Shellie Morris. Image: supplied

A prominent First Nations singer-songwriter is among recipients recognised for their exceptional achievements in Charles Darwin University’s 2022 Alumni Awards.

The awards showcase the best and brightest CDU graduates who have become trailblazers, leaders and have demonstrated excellence throughout their careers.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Indigenous Alumnus Award both went to renowned singer-songwriter and Yanyuwa and Wardaman woman Dr Shellie Morris.

After moving from Sydney to the NT in the 1990s, Dr Morris graduated from the Northern Territory University – now CDU – with a Certificate III in Contemporary Music and has dedicated her life and talent to sharing musical knowledge, advocacy and empowering First Nations people to tell their stories through song.

Special Commendation for the Indigenous Alumnus Award went to Yawuru woman and emerging, internationally recognised Aboriginal researcher Kalinda Griffiths, who completed a Master of Public Health at CDU in 2010.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman congratulated the winners and nominees on their outstanding achievements.

“It was a spectacular evening and a privilege to learn about what these creative, innovative and passionate alumni have achieved since graduating,” Professor Bowman said.

“These alumni represent some of the University’s many graduates who are making waves across Australia and internationally. We can all be proud of their success and the future looks brighter with them.”


CDU Alumni Manager David MacBain said it was an exceptional night to honour the University’s finest graduates.

“The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding professional, academic and research achievements and contributions of our alumni,” Mr MacBain said.

“We applaud all of the winners, finalists and nominees and celebrate their achievements in and outside of the University.”


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