ANU 2014 Alumni of the Year Dr Thérèse Rein welcomed students to the academic year on as she delivered the annual ANU Commencement Address.
The Commencement is the formal start of the academic year at ANU and welcome for almost 6,000 new students, many of whom will be living in Canberra for the first time.
Dr Rein gave a personal account of the role ANU played in setting the foundations of her impressive career as businesswoman and philanthropist.
"It was a wonderful time of expanding my mind. Expanding my brain. Expanding my sense of how people from all over the world, in this most international of universities, perceive, understand and experience life," Dr Rein said.
Dr Rein urged students to use their time at ANU to set the building blocks for their future.
"I urge you to learn, to be open, to foster your life long curiosity, to challenge yourself, to build relationships with other people whom you may do great things in the future.
"Find the thing you are most passionate about, the thing that you want to change in the world, the thing that you want to create, and know that your standing based on your work here at ANU will enable and catapult you into futures that we can't even imagine now," Dr Rein said.
Also speaking at the Commencement was columnist, author and presenter Jamila Rizvi, the 2014 ANU Young Alumnus of the Year.