The University of New England is set to host its Spring Graduation ceremony with more than 1,000 students graduating this weekend.
Vice-Chancellor Annabelle Duncan said there is an air of anticipation on campus with staff hard at work to prepare for the event.
“Graduation is an exciting time of year and a wonderful way to celebrate student achievement. For many of our students, graduation is a defining moment in their lives and I wish them all the best with their future plans,” Prof. Duncan said.
“For staff, it is the culmination of years of hard work recognised when they see their students graduate.”
Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek, will present the Occasional Address on Friday when approximately 310 students from the Professions will be in attendance to receive their degrees.
On the same day Prof. Duncan will also present Dr Manit Arora with a Young Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his work in the field of burnout among health professionals.
Indonesian Education and Cultural Attaché, Professor Ronny Noor, will deliver the Occasional Address on Saturday when more than 200 Arts and Science students will be conferred their degrees.
Prof. Noor will also be presented with a 2015 Distinguished Alumni in recognition of his work on animal genetics and rural development as well as his significant contribution to improving relations between Indonesia and Australia through his role as Education and Cultural Attaché. He is the first Indonesian alumni to receive such an award.
The Spring Graduation ceremony will also see Prof. Fritz Geiser and Prof. David Lamb be awarded with the inaugural titles of Madgwick Distinguished Professor and McClymont Distinguished Professor respectively.
The Distinguished Professor title is an honorary award available to UNE academic staff and nominees must demonstrate outstanding academic leadership and significant contribution to teaching or research in their chosen field to be eligible for consideration. Recipients will hold the title for four years.