Update from the Executive Director - October

The Clayton campus was transformed this week as we celebrated the second of our commencement ceremony style graduation weeks and the addition of more than 2400 students to our alumni...

The Clayton campus was transformed this week as we celebrated the second of our commencement ceremony style graduation weeks and the addition of more than 2400 students to our alumni community.

Monash has moved to a new format for its Australian graduation ceremonies this year. Students from all 10 faculties have participated in graduations across two weeks in May and one week in October, creating a sense of celebration and community around the occasion for participants as well as current students studying at Clayton.

As part of the festivities we hosted a social media photo booth to allow graduands to have their photo taken with family and friends and share it via social media. View photos via our Facebook page.

It was great to also be able to share the awarding of our Honorary Doctorates, Fellows and Distinguished Alumni with our newest graduates, some travelling from as far as Afghanistan, Texas, Hong Kong and Shanghai to accept their awards.

Congratulations to well-known alumnus Dr Peter Rogers (BE 1967, PhD 1974), Chairman of the Engineering Foundation, who was awarded the University’s highest honour - an Honorary Doctorate - in recognition of his life achievements.

A number of alumni and community members were also recognised for distinguished service to the community, career achievements, and contribution to the University through Fellow and Honorary Fellow awards.

Businesswoman and philanthropist Betty Amsden AO; well-known ABC news presenter Ian Henderson; Secretary of the Victorian Department of Human Services, Gill Callister; former Chairman and CEO of the AFL, Ross Oakley OAM; and Founder and Patron of The Big Issue, Graeme Wise, were among our 2014 recipients. View the full list of Fellows and Honorary Fellows via our website

In addition, we announced the 10 faculty winners of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards as well as the overall Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Congratulations to all 10 faculty recipients as well as our overall winner, law alumna The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC.

Together with fantastic guest speakers, in highlighting our more senior alumni and their achievements through these awards, we hope to inspire this next generation of leaders to excel in their chosen field.

Finally, we hope you enjoyed our new alumni magazine - Monash Life – which was mailed and emailed to alumni earlier this month.

If you did not receive your copy, please email our Alumni Engagement team and we will arrange for a copy to be posted. Alternatively, Monash Life is also available online.

I hope you enjoy this edition of your alumni eNews.

Damien Farrell (BA 1994, LLB 1996)
Executive Director, External Relations, Development and Alumni