2020 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.

Water refill stations

We encourage you to bring your own water bottle on the day and make use of our hydration stations near the stage (outside the Engineering Building on University Avenue).

2020 keynote speaker

The 2020 alumni keynote address will be delivered by Alexandra Clare (LLB '12).

Alexandra completed her Bachelor of Laws in 2011 from the ANU Law School. In 2019, she was awarded Young Alumna of the Year for her contribution to humanitarian advocacy through creating opportunities for youth in conflict-affected countries across the Middle East.

Within three years of graduating from the ANU College of Law, Alexandra found herself in Iraq where she witnessed, firsthand, the broken humanitarian system as a result of the ongoing civil war. Despite hundreds of millions of dollars in aid pouring into the country, more than 90 per cent of the population was living below the poverty line. Alexandra also found that little thought was being given to long-term education and employment initiatives for youth.

In May 2017, and as a result of her experiences in Iraq, she co-founded the non-profit organisation Re:Coded is based on the concept of using coding boot camps to upskill people. Re:Coded's mission is to find, train and employ refugees and vulnerable youth who've been affected by conflict and upskill them to become software developers and find employment in the technology sector.

"The most important part of what we do at Re:Coded is really seeing the individual impact on the students that go through our programs. We have a deep connection with all the students that we work with. Hearing their success stories feels like our success as well."

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 Tuesday 11 February 2020. If you haven't received an invitation yet, please email vc.events@anu.edu.au

College stations

College stations will be set up before the event to hand out collateral to new students, so pop down early to meet your fellow peers and look for your college colours to see where your station is! Information on college colours below.

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. 

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 Avenue 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 studying 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, and consider wearing both colours to the event. 

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?

If you are off campus, you can still watch Commencement! We'll post the Commencement Address through our website, ANU TV and WeChat later in the day for everyone who can't be there in person.

Weather conditions

In the event of poor weather conditons, Commencement will be moved to Llewellyn Hall at ANU School of Music. Advice will be provided if poor weather is expected on the day. 

If you have any enquiries, please email events@anu.edu.au.

We hope you enjoy Commencement, we look forward to welcoming you to our community!