Graduations

Hong Kong

University of Sydney graduation ceremonies have been held in Hong Kong from 1991.

Since 2006, the University's graduation ceremonies in China have been an annual event, shared between Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

Details and photos of some Hong Kong ceremonies appear below: 1991, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2010


Inaugural graduation ceremony, 11 June 1991

The University's inaugural Hong Kong graduation ceremony was held on 11 June 1991.

As well as conferring degrees and diplomas on 65 Hong Kong men and women who had attended the University of Sydney, the Chancellor, Emeritus Professor Dame Leonie Kramer, presented the Governor, Sir David Wilson GCMG, with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.


Graduation ceremony, 24 August 1999

The graduation ceremony was held in the Conrad International Hotel, Hong Kong, on the evening of Tuesday, 24 August 1999. The visit also provided an opportunity to strengthen relationships with alumni and relevant institutions and groups in Hong Kong.

The hall was filled to capacity and this attendance was achieved in spite of the continuing bad weather.

90 graduates were presented to the Chancellor, Emeritus Professor Dame Leonie Kramer, and they received degrees from the Faculties of Arts, Architecture, Economics, Education, Engineering, AGSM, Health Sciences, Law, Nursing, Science and Orange Agricultural College.

Of these, 75 graduates had completed their undergraduate or postgraduate studies onshore in Sydney and 15 had completed their Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies offshore in Hong Kong. This latter group comprised the first graduates from this program that was offered in association with the School of Professional & Continuing Education at the University of Hong Kong.

At this graduation ceremony, the Chancellor also awarded a Doctorate of Engineering degree to Professor Mai, Director of the Centre for Advanced Materials Technology in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at this University, who gave the occasional address in Cantonese.

Input to the ceremony was provided by members of the SU HK Alumni group through Mr Norris Tsang, President of the Alumni Association, who acted as the staff bearer for the academic procession and Mr Anthony Liang, immediate Past President, who translated relevant sections of the ceremony into Cantonese.

A brief report of the ceremony, including the awarding of the Doctorate to Professor Mai, appeared in the South China Morning Post of 25 August.


Graduation ceremony, 4 November 2006

More than 500 guests attended the graduation ceremony on 4 November where 130 graduates were presented to the Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Justice Kim Santow.

Students pose for photographs before the graduation ceremony.

Students pose for photographs before the graduation ceremony, photo, International Office.


Addressing the Sydney graduates, the Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Lawrence J Lau, said he looked forward to more intense collaboration between the two cities. Professor Lau, an economist, said: "I think there is a great deal of room for more intense collaboration between Australia and Hong Kong, and that is also true of the relationship between Sydney University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong,"

Professor Lau also looked forward to a change in the traditional one-way flow of students between Hong Kong and Sydney, expressing a hope that more Sydney students would see the advantage of studying in Hong Kong, a world centre for finance and trade and the richest region of China.

He added that there were 19 University of Sydney graduates on the staff at the Chinese University.

Read Professor Lau's occasional address.

Vincent Lam, President of the Chinese Alumni Network, who attended the graduation ceremony, said it was vital for the University of Sydney to maintain its presence in China. "This is a chance for us to show people what a fine University we have, and to give the parents and friends of graduates a taste of Sydney's prestige and tradition.

Find out more about the 2006 ceremony.

The graduation ceremony The ceremony
 Graduands The Chancellor
The address From left, Professor John Hearn, Professor Lawrence J Lau and the Chancellor

The photos above are courtesy of the International Office.


Graduation ceremony, 21 October 2008

A University of Sydney graduation ceremony was held in Hong Kong on 21 October 2008. The Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO presided, and the occasional address was given by the Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

Graduation ceremony held in Hong Kong

In front row from left to right, Fellows of Senate Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Professor Margaret Harris, the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor, with Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor John Hearn, photo, courtesy University of Sydney.

Dr Michael Spence

Dr Michael Spence giving the occasional address at the ceremony, photo, courtesy University of Sydney.


Graduation ceremony, 25 October 2010

The University's 2010 Hong Kong graduation ceremony was held on 25 October 2010 where the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, presented degrees to more than 100 students and gave the occasional address.

Find out more.

The official party

The official party, photo, courtesy International Office.

Dr Michael Spence

The Vice-Chancellor giving the occasional address, photo, courtesy International Office.

Celebrations at the Hong Kong graduation ceremony.

Celebrations at the Hong Kong graduation ceremony, photo, International Office.