Graduations

Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Since 2006, the University of Sydney's graduation ceremonies in China have been an annual event, shared between Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. The University held its first graduation ceremony in Guangzhou, China on 14 November 2007.

Details and photos of some Guangzhou ceremonies appear below: 2007, 2009


Graduation ceremony, 14 November 2007

The University's delegation to Guangzhou was led by the Chancellor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, and received by the Governor of Guangdong Province and many senior colleagues.

The inaugural Guangzhou graduation ceremony was held on 14 November 2007 for graduates from the Pearl River Delta area - Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Macao.

Guest speaker Professor Yi-Xin Zheng, President, Sun Yat Sen University Cancer Centre, gave the occasional address.

Later, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International (Professor John Hearn) and the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy (Professor Iqbal Ramzan) signed an agreement with their counterparts at Sun Yat Sen University for the establishment of a Centre for Research in Chinese Traditional Medicine. This Centre, which built on a collaborative research program between the two universities over the past ten years, would attract funds from the Chinese and Australian governments as well as from New South Wales and Guangdong as sister states.

From Senate records

The Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir (centre) & Dr Robin Fitzsimo

The Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir (centre) and the official pary at the Guangzhou graduation ceremony, photo, courtesy International Office.

Professor Yi-Xin Zheng

Guest speaker Professor Zheng giving the occasional address, photo, courtesy International Office.

The Chancellor and Professor Zheng

The Chancellor and Professor Zheng lead the academic procession leaving the dais at the conclusion of the ceremony, photo, courtesy International Office.

Graduation ceremony, November 2009

Chinese students wait to be presented with their degrees in the Grand Ballroom of the China Hotel

Chinese students wait to be presented with their degrees in the Grand Ballroom of the China Hotel at Guangzhou during the University’s visit to China, photo from UniNews, December 2009.