Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Family Fields Two Graduates

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Family Fields Two Graduates

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WORDS cannot describe the feeling Cherissma Blackman had when she and her father graduated on the same day from CQUniversity in Bundaberg.

"It didn't really hit me until we were there and dressed in our gowns," she said of the graduation ceremony on Tuesday.

Cherissma graduated with a law degree and her father, Dr Kerry Blackman, with an Honorary Doctorate for his leadership and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' plight, for over 40 years.

"For an Aboriginal dad and daughter graduation at the same day, with a doctorate and a law degree is something special, it was a great celebration for the whole family and extended family and for my people," Dr Blackman said.

"I hope it's a motivational tool for others and the next generation to really pursue their dreams and aspirations and also a good education."

Dr Blackman, a Gurang and Gooreng Gooreng Traditional Owner, is an applicant for the soon to be determined Port Curtis Coral Coast and Gurang Native Title, which has been running for decades. …

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