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The Occasional Address

It is customary for recipients of Honorary Doctorates to give the Occasional Address at each graduation ceremony. Sharing their experience and insights to help prepare students for professional life.

Below are a copies of some of their inspirational speeches that have been delivered at previous graduation ceremonies.

DateSpeakerPositionDownload
October  2019Katherine MurphyFaculty of Arts and Design
Political Editor and Canberra Bureau Chief of The Guardian Australia
PDF, 74.95 KB
 Barnie Van WykFaculty of Education
Chief Executive Officer St Vincent de Paul Society – Canberra/Goulburn
PDF, 96 KB
March
2019
Cindy Mitchell Faculty of Business, Government and Law
Chief Executive Officer, The Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator
PDF, 115.01 KB
  Pierre Johannessen Faculty of Business, Government and Law
Partner, Johannessen Legal
PDF, 124.84 KB
  Professor Vicki Flood Faculty of Health
BAppSc, GradDipNutr&Diet, MPH, PhD, APD
PDF, 125.71 KB
  Matthew Brown Faculty of Education
R/Executive Director, School Performance
PDF, 168.59 KB
  Michael Socolow Faculty of Arts and Design
2019 Fullbright Scholar, UMaine
PDF, 120.32 KB
September
2018
Meredith Edwards Faculty of Business, Government and LawPDF, 105.85 KB
  Peter Alexander Faculty of Business, Government and Law
Faculty of Science and Technology

Australian Government Chief Digital Officer, Digital Transformation Agency
PDF, 120.77 KB
  Betty Kitchener CCAE 50 Years Celebration PDF, 82.91 KB
  Bill Maiden Faculty of Arts and Design
Faculty of Education
PDF, 119.54 KB
April
2018
Lt Col Jo-Anne Ikin Faculty of Health
Acting Director Defence Force Nursing (A/DDFN)
PDF, 284.78 KB
September
2017
Richard Potok Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
Founder and CEO of the Aurora Project and the Aurora Education Foundation
PDF, 367.85 KB
  John Faulks Faculty of Arts and DesignPDF, 342.53 KB
  Dr Helen Watchirs OAM Faculty of Business Government and Law
ACT Human Rights Commissioner
PDF, 207.46 KB
  Heather Reid Faculty of HealthPDF, 211.71 KB
April
2017
Melanie Fisher Faculty of Business Government and Law
Deputy CEO and GM, Food Standards Australian New Zealand
PDF, 131.75 KB
  Robin Eckerman Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra
PDF, 178.47 KB
  Lana Read Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
Principal, UC High School Kaleen
PDF, 186.64 KB
  Dan Bourchier Faculty of Arts and Design
Journalist and host, ABC Canberra
PDF, 41.87 KB
  Shane Breynard Faculty of Arts and Design
Director, ACT Museums & Galleries
PDF, 160.35 KB
  Mark Duggan Faculty of Health
Manager Medical Imaging, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
PDF, 76.97 KB
April
2016
Mèdy Hassan Faculty of Business Government and Law
Managing Director, Haus Holdings
PDF, 111.16 KB
  Renèe Leon PSM Faculty of Business Government and Law
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis

Secretary, Department of Employment
PDF, 212.53 KB
  Glen Brennan Faculty of Business Government and Law
Head of Indigenous Business Development, National Australia Bank
PDF, 192.87 KB
  Fiona Godfrey Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
Principal, Radford College
PDF, 136.12 KB
  Samia Goudie Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
Faculty of Health

Senior Lecturer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, ANU
PDF, 137.2 KB
  John Body Faculty of Arts and Design
Founding Partner, ThinkPlace
PDF, 132.78 KB
  Professor Stephen Parker AO Faculty of Arts and Design
Vice-Chancellor, University of Canberra
PDF, 144.88 KB
October
2015
Professor Stephen Parker AO Faculty of Business Government and Law
Vice-Chancellor & President, University of Canberra
PDF, 105.46 KB
  Dr Dawn Casey Faculty of Arts and Design
Faculty of Health

Chairperson, Indigenous Land Corporation
PDF, 80.78 KB
March/April
2015
Craig Sloan Faculty of Business Government and Law
Partner, KPMG Canberra
PDF, 252.76 KB
  John Boersig Faculty of Business Government and Law
CEO Legal Aid
PDF, 139.61 KB
  Francis Sullivan Faculty of Business Government and Law
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
Faculty of Health

CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council
PDF, 204.82 KB
  Katy Gallagher Faculty of Health
Former Chief Minister of the ACT
PDF, 140.43 KB
  Professor Will Steffen Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
Executive Director, ANU Climate Change Institute
PDF, 196.21 KB
  Dr Justin Garrick Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics
Head of School, Canberra Grammar School
PDF, 139.61 KB
  Chris Latham Faculty of Arts and Design
Artistic Director, Illumina: Remembering the Lost Voices of World War 1, Gallipoli Symphony, Voices in the Forest
PDF, 79.18 KB
  Christopher Doyle Faculty of Arts and Design
Director, Christopher Doyle & Co
PDF, 83.58 KB