Mannix College celebrates redevelopment

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The Chancellor, Dr Alan Finkel, President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Major Campuses and Student Engagement) Professor David Copolov, were among the guests of honour at the annual Commencement Dinner at Mannix College, a residential college affiliated with Monash.

The formal dinner followed a special Commencement Mass for the College community held to celebrate the opening of the newly redeveloped and refurbished Mannix College, which now includes a new Spiritual and Academic centre comprising chapel, library and five tutorial rooms together with 38 additional student rooms, 6 new student common rooms, gymnasium and a 25 room guest house open to scholars visiting Monash.

Mannix College now provides fully-catered accommodation for 288 students studying at Monash.

The Commencement Mass was led by the Archbishop Denis Hart with co-celebrant Bishop Peter Elliott, who is Chair of the Mannix College Council.

During the Commencement Dinner Dr Finkel and Professor Gardner each spoke to the assembled Mannix College student residents and special guests.

Dr Finkel praised the new and refurbished facilities, saying that his recent visit to Oxford University had suggested that Mannix students lacked nothing at their college in terms of facilities, except perhaps a grand old Hogwarts-style dining hall dating back hundreds of years.

Dr Finkel noted that both Monash and Mannix were committed to the improvement of facilities as one way of enriching the student experience and that the University had dedicated itself to an ongoing program of major capital works.

Professor Gardner warmly welcomed the fresher students in particular to Monash and said that coming to university offered students an opportunity to get to know and work with a wide range of capable and empathetic people in a supportive atmosphere.

She said that the international focus of Monash would help enable students to realise their place in the world and discover their capacity to make their mark in ways they may not have anticipated when they left school.

The evening included speeches and musical performances by several Mannix students, and after the dinner the 2015 student leaders at Mannix were introduced to Professor Gardner.