Graduations

Guest speakers - by ceremony in 2006

The guest speakers listed below gave occasional addresses at University of Sydney graduation ceremonies in March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December 2006.


24 March 2006

  • Dr Lyn Weekes, 9.30am and 11.30am, 24 March 2006 (Faculty of Pharmacy graduation ceremony)
    CEO, National Prescribing Service
  • Professor Roslyn Arnold, 4.00pm, 24 March 2006 (Faculty of Education and Social Work graduation ceremony)
    Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania

31 March 2006

  • Mr Adam Spencer, 9.30am, 31 March 2006 (Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony)
    Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, Host of the ABC 702 breakfast show, Triple J Breakfast Radio Host 1998-2004, Host of The Quantum Science Show 1997-2000, appearances on ABC’s The Glasshouse, Good Newsweek, The Fat and Grandstand Sport, and Coach University of Sydney Women’s Soccer 4th Grade.
  • Mr Ralph Doubell, 11.30am, 31 March 2006 (Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony)
    Olympic Gold medallist and former world record holder, Director of the NSW Institute of Sport from 2001-3, Australian Marketing Manager and NSW State Manager of the Rushton Group, one of the largest independent valuation firms in Australia.
  • Ms JulieAnne Anderson, 2.00pm, 31 March 2006 (Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony)
    Occupational therapy consultant, health and policy advisor
  • Mr Peter Core, 4.00pm, 31 March 2006 (Faculties of Veterinary Science and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources graduation ceremony)
    Director of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

7 April 2006

  • Professor Susan Groundwater Smith, 9.30am, 7 April 2006 (Faculty of Education and Social Work graduation ceremony)
    Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
  • Justice Geoffrey Robertson QC, 11.30am, 7 April 2006 (Faculty of Education and Social Work graduation ceremony) - occasional address
    Barrister, Founder and Head, Doughty Street Chambers and Appeal Judge, UN Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • Professor Malcolm Gillies, 2.00pm, 7 April 2006 (Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery graduation ceremony)
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ANU
  • Adjunct Professor Belinda Moyes, 4.00pm, 7 April 2006 (Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery graduation ceremony)
    Chair, National Nursing and Nurse Education Taskforce

21 April 2006

  • Mr Che Wall, 9.30am, 21 April 2006 (Faculty of Architecture graduation ceremony)
    Environmental engineer, Lincolne Scott Engineers
  • Professor Ernest Edmonds, 11.30am, 21 April 2006 (Faculty of Architecture graduation ceremony)
    Professor of Computation and Creative Media, Faculty of Information Technology, UTS
  • Mrs Roslyn Poignant, 2.00pm, 21 April 2006 (Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony)
    Anthropologist, curator and writer
  • Mr Neil Armfield, 4.00pm, 21 April 2006 (Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony)
    Theatre, opera, film and television director

28 April 2006

  • Ms Louise Davis, 9.30am, 28 April 2006 (Faculty of Science graduation ceremony)
    Corporate Community Relations, IBM Asia-Pacific
  • Mr Andrew Boulus, 11.30am, 28 April 2006 (Faculty of Science graduation ceremony)
    National Manager, Education & Research, Sun Microsystems
  • Ms Dorothy Hoddinott, 2.00pm, 28 April 2006 (Faculty of Education and Social Work and Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies graduation ceremony)
    Principal of Holroyd High School
  • Mr Charles Merewether, 4.00pm, 28 April 2006 (Sydney College of the Arts graduation ceremony)
    Curator and Artistic Director, Sydney Biennale

5 May 2006

  • Ms Kerry Doyle, 9.30am, 5 May 2006 (Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony)
    Executive Director, NSW Ministry for Science and Medical Research
  • Dr Frank Martin, 11.30am, 5 May 2006 (Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony)
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
  • Professor Ken Wyat, 2.00pm, 5 May 2006 (Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony)
    Director, Aboriginal Health, NSW Department of Health
  • Dr Adrienne Bennett, 4.00pm, 5 May 2006 (Faculty of Science graduation ceremony)
    Psychologist

12 May 2006

  • Mr Stephen Roberts, 9.30am, 12 May 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony)
    CEO, Citigroup
  • Mr Max Walsh, 11.30am, 12 May 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony)
    Editor-at-Large, The Bulletin
  • Dr Jill Ker Conway, 2.00pm, 12 May 2006 (Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony)
    Historian, feminist, literary scholar and writer
  • Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge, 4.00pm, 12 May 2006 (Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony)
    Founding Professor of Ancient History, Macquarie University 1969-93

19 May 2006

  • Justice Peter McClellan, 9.30am, 19 May 2006 (Faculty of Law graduation ceremony)
    Supreme Court of NSW
  • Ms June McPhie, 11.30am, 19 May 2006 (Faculty of Law graduation ceremony)
    President of the Law Society
  • Mr Daniel Lunney, 2.00pm, 19 May 2006 (Faculty of Science graduation ceremony)
    Principal Research Scientist, NSW Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Dr Murray Cameron, 4.00pm, 19 May 2006 (Faculty of Science graduation ceremony) - occasional address
    Chief, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, CSIRO

26 May 2006

  • Professor Hans Coster, 9.30am, 26 May 2006 (Faculty of Engineering graduation ceremony)
    School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Sydney
  • Dr William Mansell, 11.30am, 26 May 2006 (Faculty of Engineering graduation ceremony)
    Managing Director, Chadwick Technology Pty Limited
  • Dr John Laker, 2.00pm, 26 May 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony)
    Chair of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
  • Mr Mark Scott, 4.00pm, 26 May 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony)
    Managing Director, ABC

2 June 2006

  • Mr Joseph Skrzynski AM, 9.30am, 2 June 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony) - occasional address
    Managing Director of Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners group (CHAMP), and Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate as well as Chair of the Senate's Investment and Commercialisation Committee.
  • Mr George Frazis, 11.30am, 2 June 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony)
    Executive General Manager, NAB
  • Professor Charles Areni, 2.00pm, 2 June 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony)
    Professor of Marketing, University of Sydney
  • Dr Wayne Gerlach, 4.00pm, 2 June 2006 (Faculty of Science graduation ceremony)
    Executive Director, Biotechnology, Johnson & Johnson

9 June 2006

  • Mr David Stratton, 2.00pm, 9 June 2006 (Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony)
    Director of the Sydney Film Festival 1966 to 1983, film critic, author and television presenter, presenter for the Centre for Continuing Education since 1991
  • Associate Professor Richard Broinowski, 4.00pm, 9 June 2006 (Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony)
    Media and Communications, University of Sydney

13 June 2006 (part of the Faculty of Medicine’s 150th birthday celebrations)

  • Emeritus Professor John Chalmers AM, 3.00pm, 13 June 2006
    Professor of Medicine and Senior Director, The George Institute for International Health
  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot, 3.00pm, 13 June 2006
    Director of the International Centre for Health and Society and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College, University of London
  • Dr Norman Swan, 3.00pm, 13 June 2006
    Radio and television presenter, producer and journalist on health and medical matters

16 June 2006

  • Professor Peter Schofield, 9.30am, 16 June 2006 (Faculty of Science graduation ceremony)
    CEO, Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Professor Graeme Clark, 11.30am, 16 June 2006 (Faculty of Medicine graduation ceremony)
    Founder and Director Emeritus, The Bionic Ear Institute
  • Professor Andrew Coats, 2.00pm, 16 June 2006 (Faculty of Medicine graduation ceremony)
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community) and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney

20 September 2006

28 September 2006


13 October 2006

  • Dr Alastair Stone, 9.30am, 13 October 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony)
    Managing Director, Pacific Infrastructure
  • Professor Geoff Gallop, 11.30am, 13 October 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony) - occasional address
    Director, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney
  • Professor Alan Dupont, 2.00pm, 13 October 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony)
    Foundation Michael Hintze Chair of International Security and Director of the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney
  • Mr Max Moore-Wilton AC, 4.00pm, 13 October 2006 (Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony)
    An Executive Director of Macquarie Bank and Chairman of Macquarie Airports, Chairman of Sydney Airport Corporation Limited and President of the Airport Council International (ACI) Asia/Pacific Region, and member of the Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney.

20 October 2006

  • Professor Margaret Miller, 9.30am, 20 October 2006 (Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony)
    The Arthur and Renee George Professor of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. Professor Miller graduated with first class honours from the University of British Columbia and Oxford then completed her doctorate at Harvard. Her first appointment was to the classics department at McMaster University where she enhanced her scholarly reputation. There followed appointments at the University of Toronto before she took up her appointment here in 2005. The Chair that Professor Miller holds the Arthur and Renee George Chair has been held by some very distinguished archaeologists – one thinks of Alexander Cambitoglou and more recently Richard Green. Such was her standing that few were surprised when the Chair was offered to her and all were delighted when she accepted. Professor Miller’s work focuses on ancient Greek relations with and responses to the Near east, the archaeology of Anatolia in the Persian period and ancient Greek social life and she has led excavations in Greece, at Mytilene and Corinth, and in Turkey and Egypt.
  • Mr Lou Klepac AM, 11.30am, 20 October 2006 (Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony)
    Curator, art critic and author.
  • Professor Max Bennett, 2.00pm, 20 October 2006 (Faculty of Science graduation ceremony)
    Professor of Neuroscience and Scientific Director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute. Professor Bennett is well known to many of the new graduates, as his work in medical science, in particular in neurological physiology is acclaimed internationally. Professor Bennett graduated in Electrical Engineering in the University of Melbourne and then proceeded to a PhD in Zoology. Shortly thereafter he was invited to join our Department of Physiology where he founded the Neurobiology Laboratory. In 1982 the Laboratory’s prowess was recognised as Professor Bennett received the largest personal grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Centre of Excellence programme. His research has been concerned with the formation and function of synaptic connections between nerve cells, on the history and philosophy of brain sciences and on science policy. Professor Bennett was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Science in 1977; in 1981 he was elected to the Australian Academy of Science and in 1983 he was appointed to a personal Chair, only the second in the history of the University. In the world of the Neurosciences, Professor Bennett is much in demand as a speaker and his research work has garnered a string of honours culminating in 1998 with the award of the Burnett Medal from the Academy ‘for research of the highest order in the biological sciences’.
  • Mr Richard Vahtrick, 4.00pm, 20 October 2006 (Faculty of Science graduation ceremony)
    Vice-President, Finance of IBM Global Technology Services Asia Pacific. Richard Vahtrick graduated in Science in this University and spent his early career in banking, pharmaceutical research and distribution industries. But it was with IBM that he found his niche and where he now in the Chief Executive Officer of their US9billion services business in the Asia Pacific region where his major interests are corporate risk management, the provision of financial innovation to support technical innovation and developing and mentoring global financial talent.

31 October 2006


4 November 2006

24 November 2006

  • The Hon Justice Peter Hall, 9.30am, 24 November 2006 (Faculty of Law graduation ceremony)
    Justice Hall graduated in Arts and Law from this University and commenced practice in 1970. A few years later he completed a masters degree and was admitted to the Bar. In 1991 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel. As a barrister, his main field of practice was common law and industrial law with a more focussed interest in issues of duress and unconscionable dealing in contract law. In addition, he was much in demand to assist or even conduct, Commissions of Enquiry – most notably perhaps the Royal Commission into the Building Industry and as an Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. An outstanding career was capped with his appointment to the Common law and Criminal Divisions of the Supreme Court in 2005.
  • Professor Bryan Lawson, 11.30am, 24 November 2006 (Faculty of Architecture graduation ceremony)
    Architect and psychologist, and Dean of Architectural Studies at the University of Sheffield. After his architectural training he completed a masters degree then his doctorate in psychology. His study of the design process led to the publications ‘How Designers Think’, and ‘Design in Mind’ and he consults internationally on the relationship between architectural space and human behaviour. His research group have developed tools used by the British and Irish Health Services in the design of health care and therapeutic environments. In addition, Professor Lawson is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore and at the University of Technology of Malaysia.
  • Dr Greg Roger, 2.00pm, 24 November 2006 (Faculties of Engineering and Nursing graduation ceremony)
    A medical graduate of the University of Sydney. Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering. Whilst studying Medicine, Dr Roger developed a keen interest in orthopaedic medicine and was fascinated by medical prosthetic problems. This enthusiasm led to him completing a masters degree in Engineering and a new career in orthopaedic engineering. One of his innovations was the highly successful ‘Active Knee’ prothesis and to develop it he set up his own company which has subsequently helped other Australian surgeons to design and bring to commercial success, their innovations. In 2004, Dr Roger received a Clunies Ross Award and in 2005, the Warren Centre Hero of Innovation Award.
  • Emeritus Professor Robin Fraser, 4.00pm, 24 November 2006 (Faculty of Medicine graduation ceremony)
    Formerly of the Department of Pathology of the University of Otago. Professor Fraser graduated in Medicine at the University of Sydney, and went on to complete his doctorate in experimental pathology at the Australian National University. There followed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago before he returned to a Senior Lectureship at Sydney. In 1974 he moved to New Zealand and was one of the first sub-Professorial appointments at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Here he made a major contribution to the understanding of liver disease and developed an international reputation for his elucidation of how the body handles dietary fats, and the implications for arterial and liver disease. In 1987 he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Otago and the following year was appointed inaugural Associate Dean of Research. He holds senior research appointments here in Sydney and regularly publishes scholarly papers. He continues to supervise research students.

15 December 2006

  • Adjunct Professor Libby Gleeson, 9.30am, 15 December 2006 (Faculty of Education and Social Work graduation ceremony).
    Award-winning writer of children's novels, and former teacher in secondary and tertiary institutions
  • Professor Newell Johnson, 11.30am, 15 December 2006 (Faculty of Dentistry graduation ceremony).Foundation Dean and Head of the School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Griffith University
  • Ms Jane Woodruff, 2.00pm, 15 December 2006 (Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony).
    CEO, Uniting Care Burnside
  • Professor Reuben Rose, 4.00pm, 15 December 2006 (Faculties of Veterinary Science and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources graduation ceremony).
    Meat & Livestock Australia