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Graduation Guest Speakers

A List of past guest speakers and copies of their inspirational speeches from previous University of Canberra graduation ceremonies.

March/April

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Mr Craig Sloan, Partner, KPMG Canberra (Read speech 256Kb PDF)
Dr John Boersig, CEO Legal Aid (Read speech 200Kb PDF)

Faculty of Business, Government & Law, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
Faculty of Health

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council (Read speech 374Kb PDF)

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Faculty of Health
Ms Katy Gallagher, Former Chief Minister of the ACT (Read speech 291Kb PDF)

Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director, ANU Climate Change Institute (Read speech 200Kb PDF)
Dr Justin Garrick, Head of School, Canberra Grammar School (Read speech 123Kb PDF)

Thursday 2 April 2015

Faculty of Arts and Design
Mr Chris Latham, Artistic Director, Illumina: Remembering the Lost Voices of World War 1, Gallipoli Symphony, Voices in the Forest (Read speech 77Kb PDF)
Mr Christopher Doyle, Director, Christopher Doyle & Co (Read speech 33Kb PDF)

October

Thursday 1 October 2015

Faculty of Business, Government & Law

Professor Stephen Parker AO, Vice-Chancellor & President, University of Canberra (Read speech 106Kb PDF)

Faculty of Business, Government & Law and Faculty of Health

Dr Jamal Rifi, General Practitioner & Community Leader (Speech will be available soon)

Friday 2 October 2015

Faculty of Arts & Design and Faculty of Health

Dr Dawn Casey, Chairperson, Indigenous Land Corporation (Read speech 81Kb PDF)

Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics

Professor Stephen Parker AO, Vice-Chancellor & President, University of Canberra (Read Speech 106Kb PDF)

April

Tuesday 5th April 2016

Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Mr Mèdy Hassan, Managing Director, Haus Holdings (Read Speech PDF, 111.16 KB)

Faculty of Business, Government & Law, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
Ms Renèe Leon PSM, Secretary, Department of Employment (Read Speech PDF, 212.53 KB)

Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Mr Glen Brennan, Head of Indigenous Business Development, National Australia Bank (Read Speech PDF, 192.87 KB)

Wednesday 6th April 2016

Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
Ms Fiona Godfrey, Principal, Radford College (Read Speech)

Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics, Faculty of Health
Dr Samia Goudie, Senior Lecturer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, ANU (Read Speech PDF, 137.2 KB)

Faculty of Health
Mr Richard Nicholson, Paralympian and University of Canberra Athlete in Residence (No Speech Available)

Thursday 7th April

Faculty of Arts and Design
Mr John Body, Founding Partner, ThinkPlace (Read Speech PDF, 132.78 KB)

Faculty of Arts and Design
Professor Stephen Parker AO, Vice-Chancellor, University of Canberra (Read Speech PDF, 144.88 KB)

April

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Faculty of Business Government and Law
Ms Melanie Fisher, Deputy CEO and GM, Food Standards Australian New Zealand (Read speech)

Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics
Mr Robin Eckerman, Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra (Read speech)

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics
Ms Lana Read, Principal, UC High School Kaleen (Read speech)

Faculty of Arts and Design
Mr Dan Bourchier, journalist and host, ABC Canberra (Read speech PDF, 41.87 KB)

Faculty of Arts and Design
Mr Shane Breynard, Director, ACT Museums & Galleries (Read speech PDF, 160.35 KB)

Thursday 13th April 2017

Faculty of Health
Mr Mark Duggan, Manager Medical Imaging, Canberra Hospital and Health Services (Read speech)