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Past Graduation ceremony 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.

2017

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

  • 8 February 2017 – Curtin Business School
    Ashlee Harrison, CEO, Zero2hero Inc
  • 11 February 2017 – Curtin Business School
    Dr Vanessa Guthrie, CEO, Toro Energy Limited
    Speech available
  • 13 February 2017 - Faculty of Health Sciences
    Professor Con Michael AO, Chair, WA Board of Medical Board of Australia
    Speech available
  • 14 February 2017 - Faculty of Health Sciences
    Dr Ann O'Neill, Founder, Angelhands Inc
  • 15 February 2017 - Faculty of Health Sciences
    Professor Andrew Whitehouse, Head of Autism Research, Telethon Kids Institute
  • 16 February 2017 – Curtin Business School and Faculty of Humanities
    The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia
    Speech available
  • 18 February 2017 – Faculty of Humanities
    Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner, University of QLD
    Speech available
  • 21 February 2017 – Faculty of Science & Engineering and Faculty of Health Sciences
    Senator Linda Reynold, Senator for Western Australia
  • 22 February 2017 – Faculty of Humanities and Centre of Aboriginal Studies
    Dennis Eggington, CEO, Aboriginal Legal Service WA Inc
  • 23 February 2017 – Faculty of Science & Engineering
    Mary Hackett, Regional Director and Operations Leader, GE Oil & Gas

  • 22 March 2017
    Professor Alan Dench, Professor, Faculty of Humanities

  • 22 April 2017
    Yang Berbahagia Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Pro-Chancellor Curtin Malaysia

  • 5 May 2017
    Sabina Shugg AM, National Lead, Mining Performance, KPMG

  • 26 May 2017
    Hon Dr Rama Sithanen, Chairman, Director IFS

  • 2 September 2017 (11AM) – Curtin Business School
    Amanda Cox, CFO, West Coast Eagles Football Club
  • 2 September 2017 (5PM) – Faculty of Science & Engineering
    Professor Steven Tingay, John Curtin Distinguished Professor
  • 3 September 2017 (5PM) – Faculty of Humanities
    Kate Mulvany, Australian Playwright and Actress
  • 4 September 2017 – Curtin Business School
    Stephanie Buckland, CEO Amana Living
  • 5 September 2017 – Faculty of Health Sciences
    Melissa Vernon, Chief Operating Officer, WA Country Health Service

  • 2 October 2017
    Bruce Gosper, Australian High Commissioner, Singapore

  • 22 October 2017
    Stuart Sanders, Managing Director, Velocity Technology Limited

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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