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GippsTAFE Graduation

More than 150 people celebrated when they graduated from GippsTAFE this month

By Eimear McNelis - 4th June 2002 - Back to News

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More than 150 people celebrated a personal achievement when they graduated from GippsTAFE’s Yallourn and Morwell campuses this month.

The 2001 Graduation Ceremony was held at Kernot Hall, with the theme of "Celebrating Success".

The ceremony was held for students who have completed a Diploma of Arts, Certificate IV Arts, Certificate IV Automotive, Certificate IV Information Technology, Certificate IV Management, Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training, Advanced Diploma and Diploma of Business, Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems, Diploma of Community Services, Certificate IV in ESL, Diploma and Certificate IV Electronics, Advanced Diploma and Diploma of Engineering Technology, Certificate IV Clothing Production, Certificate II Hairdressing, Certificate IV Hospitality, Diploma of Music Performance, Certificate II Gasfitting, Certificate IV and Diploma Recreation and Diploma of Tourism in 2001.

Young Adventurer Tim Cope was guest speaker at the awards.

Mr Cope, who is 23 years old, hails from Drouin South in West Gippsland and strives to live out his dreams and share his experience through film, writing, photography and talk to help inspire others.

After deferring his Arts/Law degree in 1997, Mr Cope spent 12 months on Exchange travelling and working in Britian and Eastern Europe.

In 1998 he was selected as one of 16 people worldwide to participate in the International Wilderness Guide Course held in Finland and Russia. During this he led three Arctic expeditions and was the first foreigner to be awarded the ‘Diploma of an International Wilderness Guide.’

During 1999 and 2000 Mr Cope received the ‘Spirit of Adventure Award’ from Australian Geographic for his epic cycling journey 10,000km across Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and China. During this he endured frostbite, pushes 1000km along a remote Siberian railway, navigated the Gobi Desert and was arrested in Beijing.

He has completed a documentary about this journey, which will be shown on ABC TV in 2002. More recently he finished writing a book about the journey, which will be released by Penguin Books in March 2003.

Last year Mr Cope rowed and rafted 4,300km down the Yenisey River through Siberia from Mongolia to the Arctic Ocean and is currently making a documentary about it.

Supper at the awards was prepared and served by GippsTAFE’s hospitality students and GippsTAFE’s music students performed on the night.


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