UNE prepares for graduation

Published 21 March 2012

The University of New England is preparing to celebrate the graduation of more than 2,000 of its students over the next two weekends.

Almost 1,000 of them are able to attend one or other of the four Autumn Graduation ceremonies to receive their testamurs from the hands of the Chancellor, Richard Torbay.

The ceremonies, on the lawns of “Booloominbah”, will be on Friday the 23rd, Saturday the 24th, Friday the 30th, and Saturday the 31st of March, starting at 10.30 am. The University is expecting each ceremony to bring more than 1,000 visitors – including the graduands and their relatives and friends – to Armidale and the University.

Four Australians who have achieved distinction in their careers have been invited to deliver the four Occasional Addresses – one at each ceremony. At the ceremony on Friday 23 March, for people graduating from within UNE’s School of Arts, School of Humanities, and School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, the speaker will be Professor John Quiggin, a Federation Fellow in Economics and Political Science at the University of Queensland. Professor Quiggin, who is prominent both as a research economist and as a commentator on Australian economic policy, holds a PhD degree in agricultural economics from UNE.

The guest speaker at the ceremony on Saturday 24 March, for people graduating from within the School of Law and the School of Business, Economics and Public Policy, will be Senator Fiona Nash, Senator for NSW, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education, and Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Australian Senate.

On Friday 30 March the Hon. John Watkins will address people graduating from within the School of Education. Mr Watkins is a former NSW Minister for Education (2001-2003) who became Deputy Premier of NSW (2005-2008). Graduands at the ceremony on Saturday 31 March, from the School of Science and Technology, the School of Environmental and Rural Science, the School of Health and the School of Rural Medicine, will be addressed by Alan Beasley. Mr Beasley, who graduated from UNE with an Honours degree in economics, has held leading positions in companies such as Bankers Trust Australia and Goldman Sachs. He is Chairman of the Abbotsleigh Foundation. 

In the event of wet weather, the ceremonies will move into UNE’s Lazenby Hall.

Media Contact: Jim Scanlan 6773 3049.