Over the next two days, more than 1000 students will be rewarded for years of hard work as they graduate from the University of New England.
Approximately 600 of these graduating students will attend the ceremonies taking place on the Booloominbah lawns of UNE in Armidale, with graduands from the Professions receiving their awards on Friday, and those from Arts and Science receiving theirs on Saturday.
Vice-Chancellor Annabelle Duncan said all graduating students, and the teaching staff who have been behind them throughout their degrees, should be proud of their achievements.
“This is a time for celebration for our students and for the University as a whole,” Professor Duncan said.
“Every single student who graduates this week has put immense amounts of time and effort into their studies. Graduation represents the very reason for our University to exist. It is about the students and their achievements, and the opportunities they take to broaden their minds and their horizons.”
Friday’s Occasional Address will be given by former Premier of South Australia, the Honourable Dean Brown, who will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science. Dean Brown studied Rural Science at UNE, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Dean Brown was South Australian Premier from 1993-1996 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2008.
Saturday’s Occasional Address will be given by Mr Peter Donovan, who will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. For over thirty years Mr Donovan has been a leading figure in the field of public or applied history. Mr Donovan has left a significant imprint on Australian historiography, and raised the historical consciousness of Australians.
40 international students from 13 countries are amongst the graduating students, including Thu Ngo from Vietnam. Thu Ngo will receive her PhD, having come to UNE in 2009 on an International Scholarship. She is now an academic staff member in the School of Education, and will provide the student address at Friday’s ceremony.
Sarah Stace, who is currently in her first year of a PhD, will provide the student address on Saturday. Sarah went to O’Connor Catholic College in Armidale before pursuing science at UNE. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in Chemistry last year.
Husband and wife Jonathan Francis Moss and Supawadee Sukeecheep Moss are making their graduations a family affair. Both pursued doctorates through the UNE Business School, and will receive their PhDs one after the other at the Professions ceremony on Friday.
Another husband-wife couple, former speaker of the Queensland Parliament, Mr Raymond Hollis, and his wife Ju Fen Denton, will each receive a Bachelor of Arts on Saturday.
The Spring Graduation ceremonies commence at 10:30am on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October.