2007 Architecture Graduation Ceremony Speech by Dr Kerrie Bigsworth

20 July 2007

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and to pay my respects to elders past and present.

And next I must offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of today's graduates. I am honoured to have been invited to speak to you today. It doesn't seem so long to me since I was sitting where you are now.

Your graduation is a very special occasion. Your degree confirms not just your acquisition of architectural and design skills but also your determination to undergo challenging tasks and complete them, your ability to think, reason, be innovative and creative, and your ability to work effectively with a range of colleagues within a team.

Of course, if you think the hard stuff is over now, and all is plain sailing, then think again. I assure you, life will throw challenges at you, in your profession, in you personal life, intellectually, physically and emotionally, that you cannot yet comprehend. Life's like that.

But the skills you have learned and practiced in getting here today will stand you in good stead for these challenges.

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