45 years for Mannix College
The Provost, Professor Edwina Cornish, was the guest of honour at the Mannix College Commencement Dinner, an annual event held to mark the start of the academic year. Mannix College is a residential college affiliated with Monash.
Also present at Commencement Dinner was the Dean of Law, Professor Bryan Horrigan, who introduced the Provost. Another distinguished guest was Professor Ben Canny, who is Deputy Dean (MBBS) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and President of the Academic Board. Both Professor Horrigan and Professor Canny are Fellows of Mannix College and Professor Canny is a member of the College Council.
The event was attended by first year and returning Monash students who live at Mannix, which this year is celebrating 45 years since Monash students were first admitted as residents.
In her speech to the students, the Provost welcomed the new and returning students and encouraged them to make the most of their time studying at university. Professor Cornish spoke of the benefits in later professional life of developing the qualities of kindness and compassion while sharing with others the challenges of study and young adult life.
Professor Cornish praised the collegiate values that bring students together in their common academic pursuit resulting in lifelong friendships and leadership experience. She said that the University was endeavouring to capture something of that collegiate spirit through the establishment of four non-residential colleges – two at Caulfield campus and two at Clayton campus.
The evening included speeches and musical performances by several Mannix students, and the 2014 student leaders at Mannix were introduced to the Provost.