Whitlam joins caps and gowns at UWS

Date: 04/04/2002

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam joins 4,800 students at the University of Western Sydney this week when UWS celebrates its autumn graduation from April 2-6.

The Honorable Gough Whitlam AC will be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, for strong advocacy and contributions towards the ideals of the University of Western Sydney.

The title of Emeritus Professor will also be conferred upon UWS academics Professor Valerie Brown, Professor Russell Bridge and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Barr, for significant contributions to their professions.

The UWS graduation ceremonies will feature many distinguished speakers including NSW Minister for Education, Mr John Watkins, Sydney City Councillor, Ms Kathryn Greiner and Managing Director & CEO, Woolworths Limited, Mr Roger Corbett.

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid believes graduation is a special time for both students and their families.

"On behalf of all staff at UWS, I congratulate our graduating students on reaching this important milestone," Professor Reid says.

"Many graduates will be accompanied by family and friends who have also played an important role in our students' achievements.

"Our graduates are beginning a new chapter in their lives, and I know all graduates will carry their experiences and friendships at UWS with them wherever they go."

Students will graduate with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from diverse areas such as: science, dance, management, communication, horticulture, nursing, social ecology, arts, humanities, economics, health, computing and education. Eleven graduates will also receive prestigious UWS Medals for academic distinction.

The University will also hold graduation ceremonies in Hong Kong and Singapore in November for graduates in the areas of Nursing, Fire Safety Engineering, Management, Commerce and Business Administration.


Media contact: Suzie Vlaming, 0414 308 701, email: s.vlaming@uws.edu.au