Welcome to our 2021 graduates
The University of Adelaide proudly welcomes recent graduates into the alumni community. During graduation ceremonies, students listened to inspiring addresses from guest speakers, many of whom attended the University themselves and reflected on their own experiences and what they have achieved with their degree.
Alumnus and Federal Member for Sturt Mr James Stevens MP spoke fondly of his time at the University of Adelaide and the incredible connections new graduates have to a long line of other inspiring alumni.
I am a very proud alumnus of this University. I know that I would not have achieved what I have in my life were it not for the education I received here at the University of Adelaide. An education from this institution is priceless. Mr James Stevens MP, alumnus and Federal Member for Sturt
“Champion sports people, heroes of the battle field, lifesaving physicians, eminent jurists and captains of industry are all product of this institution that you have had the honour to attend and today become alumni.
“It is humbling to have a connection to such venerable fellow old scholars and I hope that it helps to provide you with a sense of inspiration as to what you can achieve in whatever your endeavours will be in life,” said Mr Stevens.
After receiving his Honorary Doctorate, Dr Steven Paul Jefferies AM, Bachelor of Agriculture Science graduate (Ph D) and Managing Director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation reflected on the important role the University of Adelaide has played throughout his career.
It’s both an honour and very humbling to receive an honorary doctorate, not only from such a prestigious, world class institution, but an institution that particularly has had such a strong and important impact on my career and my life.Dr Steven Paul Jefferies, alumnus and Managing Director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation
Alumna and DFAT Secretary and Honorary Doctorate recipient Ms Frances Adamson spoke of the important lessons she learnt from the University of Adelaide Boat Club where she was the first female Captain appointed to the role in 1984.
I learnt to work with my fellow committee members collaboratively, to pull my weight, to listen and seek advice, to take responsibility when things went wrong and give credit to those who deserved it when it went right. They were valuable lessons for life and for other leadership opportunities I’ve had. Ms Frances Adamson, alumna and DFAT Secretary
As for advice for the future, alumnus Hon Kyam Maher MLC spoke words of encouragement and guidance, instilling in our graduates the value of their university education and degree.
Being a graduate of Adelaide Uni is an amazing privilege, but it confers privilege and obligations on you. Take time to reflect, take time to be proud of your achievements, and also take time to think about the positive impact that you can have on your family, your community and on the world.Hon Kyam Maher MLC, alumnus and Shadow Attorney-General