This coming Friday and Saturday will mark the culmination of years of hard work for more than 600 University of New England students who will graduate at the Spring Graduation ceremony.
Approximately 226 graduating students from Arts and Science will attend the ceremonies taking place on the Booloominbah lawns on Friday and 394 students representing the Professions will attend on Saturday.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan commended students and staff for their efforts.
“I am very proud to congratulate all graduands on their persistence and hard work in completing their studies. It is an achievement that will remain uniquely theirs wherever life might take them,” Prof Duncan said.
“I wish them success in their future career path and welcome them into our alumni community.
“I also thank all teaching staff for their dedication and commitment in delivering the best possible learning experience to our students. Graduation is as much recognition of your teaching efforts as it is the students learning effort.”
This year’s graduation ceremony also sees the introduction of a new award.
The Chancellor’s Research Medal recognises achievement in research by doctoral graduates and is awarded for excellence in the University of New England Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Professions theses or research portfolios.
“Recognition of high achieving doctoral graduates is vital as it raises the aspirations of our students, it improves employment and career choice and acknowledges the importance of quality doctoral completions to the University’s research outcomes,” Prof Duncan said.
Six doctoral students will be awarded the Medal in this inaugural instance.
The ceremonies will commence at 10.30am with an academic procession on both days.
Friday’s Occasional Address will be given by international mathematics authority and UNE alumnus, Professor Alan McIntosh, who will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science.
Saturday’s Occasional Address will be given by Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sue Thomas.