ANU celebrates student graduations

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Our new graduates will leave ANU confident that their qualifications are equal to the best in the world and they are among the world's most employable graduates.

More than 3,200 students will graduate from The Australian National University (ANU) in the end of year award conferral ceremonies this week.

More than 2,360 will take part in the graduation ceremonies at Llewellyn Hall from Tuesday, while a further 873 students will graduate in absentia. 

ANU will also confer honorary degrees on seven distinguished people:

  • Professor Matthias Hentze MD, biomedical researcher - for his contribution to science. (Award ceremony 10am Tuesday.)
  • The Hon Kate Lundy, former Senator for the ACT - for her contribution to advocacy and policy for information, communications and technology. (Award ceremony 2pm Tuesday.)
  • Professor John Shine, biological science researcher - for his outstanding contribution to biological science. (Award ceremony 10am Wednesday.)
  • Professor Bertil Andersson, plant biochemist - for his exceptional contributions to science. (Award ceremony 2pm Wednesday.)
  • The Hon Fred Chaney AO, former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and former Liberal Party Senate leader - for his exceptional contribution to public service and his lifelong commitment to Indigenous issues. (Award ceremony 5.30pm Wednesday.)
  • Mr John Mitchell, advocate for education - for his contribution to the standing and reputation of the University. (Award ceremony 2pm Thursday.)
  • Susan Ryan AO, an ANU alumna, former Senator and Education Minister and former Age Discrimination Commissioner - for her contribution to the advancement of human rights. (Award ceremony 10am Friday.)

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC congratulated the students on their graduation and wished them well for the future.

"Today's graduations represent the culmination of many years hard work for our graduating students," Professor Schmidt said.

"Our new graduates will leave ANU confident that their qualifications are equal to the best in the world and they are among the world's most employable graduates.

"They should rightly be very proud of their achievements and on behalf of the whole University, I offer my best wishes for the future."

Michelle Lindenmayer, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Economics from the ANU College of Business and Economics on Thursday, said ANU gave her the opportunity to travel to both China and Singapore during her degree.

"Having the opportunity to study with academics who went above and beyond gave us the skills that have already given me great advantages in the workforce," She said.

Arbaz Khan, who will graduate on Tuesday with a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce, was project manager on the ANU student team which built a solar car which took part on the World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide.

"There was a sense of community where we could study and have fun. Everyone is willing to help and the collaborative culture encourages the sharing of ideas,"

he said.

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