Graduations

Guest speakers - by ceremony in 2007

The guest speakers listed below gave occasional addresses at University of Sydney graduation ceremonies in March, April, May, June, October, November and December 2007.


23 March 2007

  • Lyn Bronger, 9.30am, 23 March 2007, Faculty of Pharmacy graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Pharmacist and pharmacy educator, and recipient of an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Sydney
  • Dr Douglas McGregor, 11.30am, 23 March 2007, Faculty of Pharmacy graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Scientist in the field of cellular immunology and infectious disease, Director of Leadership and Training Initiatives in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Veterinary Science
  • Professor William Mitchell, 4.00pm, 23 March 2007, Faculty of Education and Social Work graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Alexander W Dreyfus Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences, Director of the Design Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visiting Professor in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Architecture

30 March 2007

  • Professor Graeme Watts, 9.30am, 30 March 2007, Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Former Academic Director of the Kolej Antabarabangsa (Malaysia), Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Sydney University and Head of Cumberland College of Health Sciences
  • Geraldine Brooks, 11.30am, 30 March 2007, Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner (in 2006, for her novel “March”), journalist and war correspondent, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters
  • Gillian Calvert, 2.00pm, 30 March 2007, Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People

4 April 2007

  • Rachel Trixie Anne, Baroness Gardner of Parkes, 9.30am, 4 April 2007, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    A founder member and long-standing Vice-President of the Sydney University UK Alumni Association, and recipient of an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Sydney
  • Mary Turner, 11.30am, 4 April 2007 (Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduation ceremony)
    A quiet achiever in the artistic world of music and painting, Mary Turner was raised on a country property in the central west of New South Wales. She studied art, and through this came into contact with the Macquarie Galleries, the pre-eminent commercial gallery in New South Wales. In 1956 she became a co-Director. The partner ship was extremely successful and spanned a period of 23 years. Subsequently she, and her husband Godfrey, transferred their activities to Canberra. In 1981 she retired, as she embarked on a long term ambition – to create a 20th century Australian art collection for the benefit of the people of Orange and surrounding areas. the collection, which she gifted to the City of Orange contains works by Grace Cossington Smith and Sidney Nolan to name but two. Not content with that, she oversaw the funding and completion of the Orange Regional Gallery where the collection is housed. With this behind her, Mary Turner turned to her other love – music, where again her energies were directed to rural New South Wales through the Orange Music Association and its plans for expansion and excellence. Much has come to fruition – the Association has gained regional conservatorium status and acquired an auditorium and studio complex. And all this since she ‘retired’.

13 April 2007

  • Professor Colin Rhodes, 9.30am, 13 April 2007, Sydney College of the Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Dean and Director of Sydney College of the Arts
  • Professor Ian Hickie, 11.30am, 13 April 2007, Faculty of Medicine graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director of the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute
  • Professor Richard Larkins, 2.00pm, 13 April 2007, Faculty of Medicine graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University

20 April 2007

  • Adam Spencer, 9.30am, 20 April 2007, Faculty of Education and Social Work graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Radio and television presenter and graduate Fellow of Senate
  • Elaine Henry, 11.30am, 20 April 2007, Faculty of Education and Social Work graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family
  • Dr Peter Chippendale, 2.00pm, 20 April 2007, Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Scholar in the early history of the University of Sydney, co-author of "Australia’s First, A history of the University of Sydney" volume 1 1850-1939, author of many researched articles published in the Archives journal, "Record" and recipient of the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.
  • Professor Paul Redding, 4.00pm, 20 April 2007, Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Member of the Philosophy Department and recently appointed to a personal chair in Philosophy

27 April 2007

  • Adam Spencer, 9.30am, 27 April 2007, Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Radio and television presenter and graduate Fellow of Senate
  • Professor Chris Cunningham, 11.30am, 27 April 2007, Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Director of the Research Centre for Maori Health and Development at Massey University in New Zealand
  • Dr Bruce Baker, 2.00pm, 27 April 2007, Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Linguist, inventor, scientist and entrepreneur, from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr Baker graduated from Wabash College, Indiana in Latin and Greek and then went on to a Master’s degree in French Language and Literature. There has followed an extraordinary career; partly in education, he has maintained a strong academic profile and is, indeed, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh; partly in business where he has been a consulting linguist to some of the largest corporations; and partly by straddling both – as an innovator and inventor in the science of speech and language. He holds numerous patents in the United States and worldwide and needless to say, has published widely. Dr Bakers work is now so wide spread that it is typically mentioned in any Masters thesis or Doctoral dissertation dealing with symbol systems or language representation in augmentative communication, and evidence based practice in augmentative communication. Texts books in the area, typically reference and describe at some length his language systems. In 2006, for his outstanding services, his University admitted him to the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

4 May 2007

  • Professor Richard Trethowan, 9.30am, 4 May 2007, Faculties of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Veterinary Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Director of the University’s Plant Breeding Institute at Narrabri
  • Murray Sayle, 11.30am, 4 May 2007, Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    A distinguished career in journalism in both Australia and Britain with a substantial contribution to national public life; and and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters
  • Dr Kerrie Bigsworth, 2.00pm, 4 May 2007, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Director of the New South Wales Office for Women
  • Professor John Toon, 4.00pm, 4 May 2007, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    From the Chancellor's introduction: An architect and perhaps more particularly, a planner, of distinction, who has served the Faculty of Architecture well. Professor Toon trained in the United Kindom and taught Town Planning at the University of Nottingham till 1960 when he took up a position here in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Promotion followed and he was appointed Head of Department in 1982, a position he held till 1992. Till his retirement in 2004, he was the Director of the University’s Planning Research Centre. Professor Toon’s professional experience is extremely wide ranging – from the post-War construction of a new Coventry Cathedral and major redevelopments in London to preparation of the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Scheme, and through a Leverhulme Scholarship, major projects in Indonesia including the Djakarta metropolitan transport plan. I have listed just some of the highlights. Professor Toon has at various times been retained by industry, the bureaucracy, and government. And although, retired from the University is still keenly sought out for his expert opinions. Right at this moment he is preparing material for books on town planning practice, the making of urban Australia, the formative years of Sydney and the theory of urban design. With that list of credits I can’t think of a more appropriate person to talk to our new graduates.

11 May 2007

  • The Hon Justice Kenneth Robert Handley AO, 9.30am, 11 May 2007, Faculty of Law graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    A distinguished barrister and judge, who has been a Justice of the Court of Appeal of NSW since 1990 and was Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney from 1980 to 2004, playing a prominent role in the Anglican Church, not simply in the Sydney Diocese, but throughout the Anglican community in Australia. A recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws
  • The Hon Justice John Dyson Heydon AC, 11.30am, 11 May 2007, Faculty of Law graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    A distinguished barrister and judge, scholar and teacher. After an academic career as Professor in the Faculty of Law (1973-81) and Dean (1977-8), he began a successful career at the NSW Bar and is currently a Justice of the High Court of Australia. A recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws
  • David Mortimer, 2.00pm, 11 May 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    From the Chancellor's introduction: Chairman of Australia Post. Mr Mortimer graduated in Economics with first class honours at this University. Early career appointments in banking and finance took him to the United States, until 1973 when he joined TNT Limited as Chief Financial Officer. In 1985, he became a Director and in 1992, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. In 2000, he joined Australia Post and was appointed Chairman the following year. This, in addition to directorships of major resource, infrastructure, pharmaceutical and building companies; and the Australian Tourist Commission, the Australian Graduate School of Management, the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Defence Procurement Advisory Board. There are lots more and one of them I must mention. He is President of the Sydney University Football Club.
  • Paul Priday, 4.00pm, 11 May 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    A member of the Advisory Committee and Adjunct Lecturer to the Faculty’s Discipline of Marketing. Mr Priday has many years experience as a creative director in the advertising industry and his work has won many awards. His own agency merged with J Walter Thompson and he became the regional creative director. He has been Chairman of AWARD – the foremost national body of creative review in the industry and was foundation Chairman of the AWARD School which seeks out and promotes creative talent for the industry. Within the University he has pioneered courses in creative communications to both undergraduates and postgraduates studying Marketing.

18 May 2007

  • Belinda Hutchinson, 9.30am, 18 May 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Macquarie Bank
  • Paul John Kelly, 11.30am, 18 May 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Editor-at-Large of The Australian, Adjunct Professor of Journalism at the University of Queensland and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Economics
  • Frederick Rawdon Dalrymple AO, 2.00pm, 18 May 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Former Australian Ambassador to Israel, Indonesia, the USA and Japan, Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Economics and Business and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Economics
  • Professor Peter Wilson, 4.00pm, 18 May 2007, Faculty of Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Professorial Fellow, School of Mathematics and Statistics

25 May 2007

  • John Conde, 9.30am, 25 May 2007, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Chairman of Energy Australia
  • Professor George S Springer, 11.30am, 25 May 2007, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Paul Pigott Professor of Engineering at Stanford University and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering
  • Peter Thornton, 2.00pm, 25 May 2007, Faculties of Engineering and Information Technologies, and Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    General Manager (Strategy and Planning) of WorleyParsons Rail – a leading provider of public and private sectors transportation needs
  • Professor Krithivasan Ramamrithram, 4.00pm, 25 May 2007, Faculty of Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Head of the School of IT at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science

1 June 2007

  • Associate Professor Catharine Lumby, 9.30am, 1 June 2007, Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Department of Media and Communications and inaugural Chair of the Department
  • Dr John Bennett AM, 11.30am, 1 June 2007, Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Lawyer and legal historian, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters
  • The Honourable Ros Kelly AO, 2.00pm, 1 June 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Ms Kelly graduated in Arts and Education at this University and after a short spell in teaching and business began her political career at the age of 24. She spent 15 years in the House of Representatives, stepping down in 1995. In that time she served in the ministry and held Cabinet responsibilities for the Environment, Sport, Art, Tourism and Territories. After politics Ms Kelly worked at the interface of the environment and the mining industry. In 2000 she was appointed strategic advisor to the international consultancy, Group Earth Resources Management. In 2005 she became Chair of the ERM Foundation. Ms Kelly was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 for services to the community promoting corporate environmental responsibility and fostering dialogue between business and conservation groups; and also for her service to the Australian Parliament and women’s health.
  • Dr David Morgan, 4.00pm, 1 June 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Westpac Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

8 June 2007

  • Dr Phillip Knightley AM, 9.30am, 8 June 2007, Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Author and journalist, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters
  • Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian, 11.30am, 8 June 2007, Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Chairperson and CEO of the Community Relations Commission of NSW, and President and CEO of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters
  • Professor Tony Underwood, 2.00pm, 8 June 2007, Faculty of Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Director of the Centre for Research on the Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities
  • Mrs Gail Kelly, 4.00pm, 8 June 2007, Faculty of Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of St George Bank

15 June 2007

  • Professor Kiaran Kirk, 9.30am, 15 June 2007, Faculty of Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Head of the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at ANU
  • Professor Jürgen Götz, 11.30am, 15 June 2007, Faculty of Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Brain and Mind Institute

19 October 2007

  • Martin Hoffman, 9.30am, 19 October 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Economics graduate from the University of Sydney, and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Mobile Limited, an international provider of mobile social networking services, focused on 3G networks, and targeting the youth and young adult demographic. He is also a director and the honorary treasurer of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and a director of the Sydney International Film Festival.
  • The Honourable Nick Greiner AC, 11.30am, 19 October 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Economics graduate from the University of Sydney and formerly Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales. On leaving politics in 1992, he returned to the business world and is currently Chairman of Bradken Limited, Bilfinger Berger Australia, United Utilities Australia and The Nuance Group. He is Deputy Chairman of Stockland Trust and a Director of QBE Insurance and McGuigan Simeon Wines. In 1994 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for public sector reform and management and services to the community.
  • Bill Ferris AO, 2.00pm, 19 October 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Economics graduate from the University of Sydney and is Executive Chairman, CHAMP Private Equity. In 1990, Mr Ferris was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to industry and the export sector, both manufacturing and services. His has been a long and distinguished career of wealth creation, industry reform and philanthropy. He chairs the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and in 2005, set up the Ferris Family Foundation to assist worthy charitable causes.
  • Andrew Main, 4.00pm, 19 October 2007, Faculty of Economics and Business graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Business Editor of the Australian. His extensive coverage of the HIH collapse resulted in a book, ‘Other Peoples’s Money’. A few years later he followed with a biography of the controversial Sydney stockbroker Rene Rivkin. His eminence in business reporting has been long acknowledged and in 2004 recognized with the Gold Walkely.

26 October 2007

  • Professor Robert Dixon, FAHA, 9.30am, 26 October 2007, Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    A graduate in Arts of the University of Sydney and subsequently, Doctor of Philosophy, he was appointed Professor of Australian Literature in 2007, a chair that was created in 1963 and remains the only permanent chair in Australian literature in the country.
  • Dr Ann Moyal AM, 11.30am, 26 October 2007, Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Historian of Australian science; and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.
  • Dr Tim Entwisle, 2.00pm, 26 October 2007, Faculty of Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Executive Director of the Botanic Gardens Trust, where he has responsibility for the Sydney gardens, including the Domain, and the Mount Tomah and Mount Annan gardens. He was recently appointed, New South Wales Government Botanist.
  • Dr Phil Robertson, 4.00pm, 26 October 2007, Faculty of Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Chief Operating Officer of the National Information and Communications Technology Research Centre.

10 November 2007

  • Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, 10 November 2007, University of Sydney graduation ceremony held in Beijing, China
    Chancellor, the University of Sydney

14 November 2006

  • Professor Yi-Xin Zheng, 14 November 2007, University of Sydney graduation ceremony held in Guangzhou, China
    President, Sun Yat Sen University Cancer Center

30 November 2007

  • Professor Ron McCallum, 9.30am, 30 November 2007, Faculty of Law graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney
  • Vince Sorrenti, 11.30am, 30 November 2007, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning and Sydney College of the Arts graduation ceremony, Great Hall - occasional address
    Comedian, entertainer and scriptwriter
  • Dr Paul Brock AM, 2.00pm, 30 November 2007, Faculty of Education and Social Work graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Director of Learning and Development Research with the NSW Department of Education and Training. He is responsible for supporting quality teaching, learning and accountability for student learning outcomes. Paul has recently released his book called "A Passion for Life – An Inspiring Story of Resilience and Hope".
  • Professor Vassilios Agelidis, 4.00pm, 30 November 2007, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    EnergyAustralia Professor of Power in Engineering, University of Sydney

6 December 2007

  • Dr Christine Clarke, 9.30am, 6 December 2007, Faculty of Medicine graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Cancer Institute NSW Fellow and research group leader in Translational Oncology, Westmead Institute for Cancer Research
  • Dr Karen Luxford, 11.30am, 6 December 2007, Faculty of Health Science graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    General Manager, National Breast Cancer Centre

14 December 2007

  • Professor Jocalyn Lawler, 9.30am, 14 December 2007, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery; Sydney Conservatorium of Music; and other faculties graduation ceremonies, Great Hall - occasional address
    Dean, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Professor Johann de Vries, 11.30am, 14 December 2007, Faculty of Dentistry graduation ceremony, Great Hall
    Dean of the School of Dentisty, University of Adelaide
  • Professor Jennifer Hodgson, 4.00pm, 14 December 2007, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural resources graduation ceremonies, Great Hall
    Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, USA; Veterinary Science graduate of the University of Sydney and former Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Veterinary Science