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Governor-General receives honorary degree

On a sunny, chilly May morning the University awarded an honorary doctorate to former Principal of its Women’s College, now Australia’s first woman Governor-General, Quentin Bryce AC.

Chancellor and NSW Governor, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO conferred the Doctor of Laws in the Great Hall, after a citation read by Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

Dr Spence paid tribute to Ms Bryce’s career and time at the University. “Throughout her career she has been a role model for Australian women. She practiced what she preached and managed to balance commitments to her family, workplace and the community.

“As principal of Women’s College at this University, Ms Bryce made a personal and lasting impact on the lives of hundreds of young women who resided there,” Dr Spence said.

Photo of Marie Bashir and Quentin Bryce

Photo: Ted Sealey