2018 Commencement Address

What is Commencement?

Commencement is the formal welcome for all new students at ANU. It's an opportunity to hear from the Vice-Chancellor, notable graduates and other great speakers about what makes ANU such an exciting place. Expect a fun event full of colour and excitement and the opportunity to get to meet some fantastic people.

2018 keynote speaker

In 2018, ANU graduate and 2016 ANU Postgraduate Student of the Year, Assistant Professor Jessa Rogers, will give the Commencement keynote address. Jessa is an exciting education leader who has a passion for education and empowerment of Aboriginal women. The event will also feature a traditional Welcome to Country, remarks from the Vice-Chancellor, and other great speakers.

Information for new students

If you have accepted your offer to study you should have received an invitation from the Vice-Chancellor to the Commencement Address - this is an important part of your journey into ANU. Please make sure you register to attend by 8 February 2018. If you haven't received an invitation yet, please email vc.events@anu.edu.au. More information about Commencement, including the University procession for new students.

What is the difference between Commencement and the formal undergraduate and postgraduate induction sessions on Tuesday 13 February?

Whereas Commencement is a ceremonial event for all new students, the UG and PG induction sessions get into the more functional aspects of life on the ANU campus. They provide all new undergraduate and postgraduate students with important information about navigating some of the key student services offered at ANU. These induction sessions will also discuss the requirements of international students and give you the opportunity to meet other students and familarise yourself with the ANU campus and community. You can find out more information here

What are the College induction sessions for?

Each of the ANU Colleges is offering a number of induction and information sessions for commencing students. These are important to attend, as they offer specific information about your degree program. The sessions are all held in the vicinity of the College offices, and near many of the classrooms that you will need to find. College inductions give you a chance to meet your degree convenor/s, many of your lecturers and discipline specialists, as well as College Student Support staff. These are the people who can help you throughout your degree journey. We reccomended you attend as many of these sessions as you can. You can find more information here

Information for ANU staff and returning students

Staff, returning students and ANU alumni are encouraged to come along to welcome new students. After Commencement we will be holding refreshments on the lawns of University House which you are welcome to attend. Please make sure you register here (select the 'I'm a spectator' option) to ensure we have an idea of numbers for catering. 

What if I don't know which College I'm in?

Visit https://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/ and type in the name of your degree program. You will be able to see what College offers the program at the top of the information page:

What if I'm stuyding a flexible double degree?

Maybe you prefer a particular colour or you know people from a particular College. There's no set rule, so pick whichever College you like.

What colour do I wear for my College?

ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences = blue

ANU College of Asia & the Pacific = terracotta (orange)

ANU College of Business & Economics = gold (yellow)

ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science = claret (dark red)

ANU College of Law = purple

ANU College of Science = green

ANU College of Health and Medicine = turquoise

What if I'm an online student?

You can still participate! The event will be live streamed on YouTube from 4pm (AEDT).