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.

2020 keynote speaker

The 2020 alumni keynote address will be announced in the New Year. Professor Brian P. Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, and student representatives will also speak.

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

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 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, 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?

You can still participate! The event will be recorded and made available online after the event.