More than 2,400 students to graduate from ANU

12 July 2017

I congratulate all graduates on their achievements, and wish them the very best of luck for the future.

More than 2,400 students will graduate from ANU at the mid-year award conferral ceremonies this week.

More than 1,500 will take part in the graduation ceremonies at Llewellyn Hall from Wednesday, while a further 850 students will graduate in absentia.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AO congratulated all students for completing their studies.

"Graduation is a special time in a student's life and this week is a great celebration with family and friends," Professor Schmidt said.

"While it is the end of their studies, we look forward to welcoming them back to campus and into our alumni community.

"On behalf of the University, I congratulate all graduates on their achievements, and wish them the very best of luck for the future."

ANU will also confer an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of the University, honoris causa) on Ngambri-Ngunnawal-Canberra Indigenous elder Matilda House, and on former Liberal Party leader and diplomat Dr Brendan Nelson.

Matilda has been a life-long champion of Indigenous heritage and justice in the Canberra region.

She has worked closely with the ACT government and traditional owners to break down barriers and build a pathway of reconciliation for all.  She was named the 2006 Canberra Citizen of the year.

Dr Nelson is being honoured for his contribution to Australian politics, international relations and the education of the nation.

Dr Nelson was president of the Australian Medical Association from 1993-1995 before going into federal politics. He served as Defence Minister in the Howard Government and as Leader of the Opposition from 2007 to 2008.

After retiring from politics in 2009, Dr Nelson was appointed Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and since 2012, he has been Director of the Australian War Memorial.