Spring ceremonies to celebrate academic achievement

Published 06 October 2011

GraduationEmeritus Professor Ingrid Moses, the distinguished educationist who was Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England from mid 1997 to early January 2006, will present the Occasional Address at the first of UNE’s two Spring Graduation ceremonies this week.

Professor Moses will address people graduating from award programs within UNE’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences during the ceremony on Friday 7 October. The Occasional Address speaker at the ceremony for the Faculty of The Professions on Saturday 8 October will be Philip Clark, who was Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian-based international law firm Minter Ellison from 1995 to 2005. Mr Clark was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for his contribution to the development of national law firms and for encouraging corporate involvement in community programs.

About 1,200 people are graduating from UNE this spring, and almost 500 of them will be attending the colourful ceremonies on the lawns of “Booloominbah” (or, in the event of wet weather, in UNE’s Lazenby Hall), during which the University’s Chancellor, the Hon. Richard Torbay, will present them with their testamurs.

During the ceremony on Friday 7 October the Chancellor will also present the honorary degree of Doctor of the University (Science) to the internationally renowned authority on animal behaviour Professor Gisela Kaplan, and the award of Distinguished Graduate Fellow of the University to the founding Managing Director of the Agricultural Business Research Institute, Dr Arthur Rickards OAM.

The University is expecting more than 2,000 visitors over the two days – including the graduands themselves, their friends, and members of their families. Each of the ceremonies will begin at 10.30 am.