Thousands attend historic graduation ceremony

Professor Karen Day, Damie Bridget Ogilvie, Elizabeth Alexander AM, Professor Margaret Sheil and Professor Rachel Webster at the Faculty of Science graduation ceremony, Royal Exhibition Building

Almost 1,500 Science students graduated from the University on Wednesday, at two inspiring ceremonies at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.

The University of Melbourne and Faculty of Science are intent on getting more young women scientists to pursue their passion to the highest levels of academia, and the opportunities that await them were highlighted with an historic graduation ceremony presided by all women. The Dean of Science, Professor Karen Day, was joined by President of the Academic Board and Professor of Physics, Rachel Webster, University Provost Margaret Sheil, University Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander, and honorary guest Dame Bridget Ogilvie.

Additionally, the valedictory speech was given by Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Mathematical Sciences graduand Ms Sophie Wann.

Two honorary degrees were conferred during the ceremonies. Dame Bridget Ogilvie, best known for her leadership of the Wellcome Trust, received an honorary Doctor of Science in recognition of a life dedicated to pioneering science, supporting the research careers of others, and contributing to the public understanding of science. Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb received the University’s highest honour, an honorary Doctor of Laws, for his outstanding contribution to the development of higher education policy and his courageous and influential advocacy of science.

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to all of our fabulous graduates.