A former University of Adelaide Chancellor shared the stage with more than 1000 graduating students at the recent mid-year graduation ceremonies.
For his distinguished service to the University of Adelaide, the Hon. John von Doussa AO QC was awarded the University's highest honour - the degree of Doctor of the University (D Univ).
Mr von Doussa was Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from July 2004 to July 2010. He graduated in Law from the University of Adelaide in 1962 and has had a long and distinguished legal and judicial career, including being President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission from 2003 to 2008.
He was presented his D Univ by the current Chancellor, the Hon. Robert Hill, at one of the graduation ceremonies held in historic Bonython Hall from 26-28 September. Mr von Doussa was also a guest speaker at the ceremony.
"During his time as Chancellor, John's strong inclusive leadership, commitment to the principles of equity and community, and his status locally, nationally and internationally proved invaluable to the University," said the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha.
During the graduation ceremonies, the University also presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to two notable graduates.
Mr Barry Grear AO (B Tech (Electrical Engineering) 1967) is former President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations and Chairman of the State Emergency Relief Fund. He received the award in recognition of his leadership to the engineering profession and significant contribution to emergency services organisations.
The Hon. Justice Catherine Branson QC (BA 1977, LLB 1970) is President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Commissioner. She received the award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian law and human rights.
The new graduates heard from a variety of guest speakers, such as: Mr Darryl Gobbett, Chief Economist, Prescott Securities Ltd; Dr Michael Llewellyn-Smith, urban management consultant and Adelaide City Council Area Councillor; Professor Don Bursill, Chief Scientist for South Australia; and Associate Professor Bassam Dally, Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering.