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Graduation ceremony occasional speakers

Each ceremony includes an Occasional Address, made by a guest speaker of particular importance to the students graduating. These speeches, and their speakers, reflect the attitudes and direction of each graduating class. Where available the speeches have been included below.


The following Occasional Addresses were presented at the 2018 Curtin University Graduation Ceremonies:

1 February 2018 – Curtin Business School
Mr Bernard Salt AM
Managing Director, The Demographics Group
3 February 2018 – Health Sciences
Mr Vaughan Harding AO
Chief Executive, Juniper Aged Care
6 February 2018 – Curtin Business School
Dr Clare Allen
Chief Executive Officer, VisAbility Ltd, Guide Dogs WA
7 February 2018 – Humanities, Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Ms Kyra Bonney
General Manager – Indigenous Strategy, Chandler Macleod Group
8 February 2018 – Curtin Business School, Humanities
The Hon Eric Heenan QC
Speech available
10 February 2018 – Science and Engineering, Health Sciences
Mr Leif Cocks
Founder and President, The Orangutan Project
12 February 2018 – Health Sciences
Ms Kristy Wiegele
St John of God Hospital, Mount Lawley
13 February 2018 – Health Sciences
Mr Nick Maisey
Chief Executive Officer, Befriend Inc
Speech available
15 February 2018 – Science and Engineering
Mr Greg Lilleyman
Director Operations, Fortescue Metals Group
17 February 2018 – Humanities
Dr Ingle Knight
28 August 2018 – Business and Law
Mr Alan Langford
Chief Economist, Bankwest
29 August 2018 – Business and Law, Humanities
Mr Alan Dodge AM
Honorary Doctor of Letters
Speech available
30 August 2018 – Business and Law
The Hon Julia Gillard AC
Honorary Doctor of Letters
31 August 2018 – Health Sciences
Mr Brian Wall
Honorary Doctor of Science
Speech available
1 September 2018 – Humanities, Science and Engineering
Ms Suzanne Hunt
Suzanne Hunt Architect
3 September 2018 – Health Sciences, Science and Engineering
Mr Bill Tai
Honorary Doctor of the University
Speech available

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