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Graduation ceremony speeches

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.

2017

The following Occasional Addresses were presented at the 2017 Curtin University Graduation Ceremonies:

  • Emeritus Professor Constantine (Con) Michael AO was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of his highly distinguished service in the field of medicine both in WA and nationally, and as a pioneer in establishing tertiary medical education and research in this State, particularly in his discipline of obstetrics and gynaecology. Professor Michael’s speech is available online.
  • Former High Court Justice, the Honourable Michael Kirby was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his outstanding record of judicial service and his promotion of human rights in Australia and overseas. Mr Kirby’s speech is available online.
  • Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his contribution to the fields of media and cultural studies. Professor Turner is a leading international scholar in humanities and much of his foundation work was carried out while an academic with WAIT during the 1980s. Professor Turner’s speech is available online.
  • Dr Vanessa Guthrie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science for her remarkable contribution to Australia’s resources industry through academic scholarship, industry innovation and policy setting. Dr Guthrie’s speech is available online.

2012

The following Occasional Addresses were presented at the 2012 Curtin University Graduation Ceremonies:

  • 9 February 2013 (7.00pm ceremony)
    The Hon Peter Collier MLC

2011

The following Occasional Addresses were presented at the 2011 Curtin University Graduation Ceremonies:

  • 21 October 2011 (12.00pm ceremony)
    Professor John Wood, Executive General Manager, Navitas Limited
  • 21 October 2011 (4.30pm ceremony)
    Professor Lim Swee Hia, Nursing Director, Singapore Health Service (SingHealth) & Singapore General Hospital

  • 16 October 2011 (10.00am ceremony)
    Professor Glennda Scully, Head, School of Accounting, Curtin Business School
  • 16 October 2011 (2.00pm ceremony)
    Mr Robert Fearnside, Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications


2010

The following Occasional Addresses were presented at the 2010 Curtin University Graduation Ceremonies:

  • 9 February 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
    Minister Elizabeth Constable [.pdf]
  • 11 February 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
    Professor Donald Humphreys, Honorary Doctorate of Letters
  • 13 February 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
    Professor Jane den Hollander, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Curtin University
  • 16 February 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
    Glen Hutchings, Curtin Business School
  • 18 February 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
    Professor Mark Buntine, Faculty of Science and Engineering [.pdf]
  • 23 February 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
    Dr Tim Welborn OA
  • 25 February 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
    Professor Guo Huadong, Honorary Doctorate of Science

  • 21 September 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
    Mr Keith Jones, Managing Partner, Deloitte WA
  • 23 September 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
  • Mr Gordon Martin, Curtin Honorary Doctor of Technology
  • 25 September 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
  • Professor Peter Newman, Curtin Sustainability Policy Institute
  • 28 September 2010 (7.00pm ceremony)
    Dr Shirley Bowen, Acting Director of Fremantle Hospital

  • 24 October 2010 (10.00am ceremony)
    Mr Glen Hutchings, Curtin Business School
  • 24 October 2010 (2.00pm ceremony)
    Mr Todd Pallett, Managing Director of EXS Capital Management

  • 18 October 2010 (10.00am ceremony)
  • 18 October 2010 (2.00pm ceremony)

2009

The following Occasional Addresses were presented at the 2009 Curtin University Graduation Ceremonies:

  • 12 February 2009 (8.00pm ceremony)
    Dr James Ross, Honorary Doctorate of Science
  • 14 February 2009 (8.00pm ceremony)
    Mr Sam Walsh, Rio Tinto Iron Ore
  • 17 February 2009 (8.00pm ceremony)
    Professor Duncan Bentley
  • 19 February 2009
    Dr Vanessa Guthrie
  • 24 February 2009
    Hon Dr Elizabeth Constable MLA [.pdf]
  • 26 February 2009 (8.00pm ceremony)
    Dr Peter Flett


  • 6 September 2009 (10.00am/2.00pm ceremony)
    Professor Duncan Bentley

  • 25 October 2010 (10.00am/2.00pm ceremony)
    Professor David Wood

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