Adelaide icons honoured in university ceremonies

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Monday, 12 April 2010

The University of Adelaide will this week award four distinguished South Australian citizens honorary doctorates for their services to society.

The four, to be admitted to the degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) during this week's graduation ceremonies in Bonython Hall, include:

  • The Hon. Gregory Crafter AO (Tuesday April 13, 2.30pm), former State Parliamentarian and former University of Adelaide Councillor, and a tireless advocate for education in South Australia;
  • Mr Malcolm Kinnaird AC (Thursday April 15, 10am), founder of South Australia's most successful engineering firm, Kinhill Pty Ltd, chairman and director of a number of companies and government advisory boards, and 2003 South Australian of the Year;
  • Dr Barbara Hardy AO (Thursday April 15, 2.30pm), a well known environmentalist and promoter of science education over four decades, former SA Citizen of the Year and winner of numerous awards for her community work.
  • The Hon. Ted Mullighan QC (Friday April 16, 10am), a former Supreme Court judge and champion of Indigenous justice and reconciliation, and more recently the Commissioner of the Inquiry into Children in State Care.

As well as receiving their honorary doctorates, the Hon. Greg Crafter, Dr Barbara Hardy and the Hon. Ted Mullighan will be guest speakers at this week's ceremonies, which involve approximately 3000 students in 12 ceremonies.

Among those graduating this week is 84-year-old Denis Molyneux of Magill, who will be awarded his PhD in Social History from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences tomorrow at 10am in Bonython Hall.

These graduation ceremonies will be the last presided over by the current Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, the Hon. John von Doussa QC, who retires in July.


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