ANU to award 3,200 degrees over next four days

More than 3,200 students will graduate from The Australian National University (ANU) in the end of year award conferral ceremonies this week.

More than 2,360 will take part in the graduation ceremonies at Llewellyn Hall from Tuesday, while a further 873 students will graduate in absentia. 

ANU will also confer honorary degrees on seven distinguished people:

  • Professor Matthias Hentze MD, biomedical researcher - for his contribution to science. (Award ceremony 10am Tuesday.)
  • The Hon Kate Lundy, former Senator for the ACT - for her contribution to advocacy and policy for information, communications and technology. (Award ceremony 2pm Tuesday.)
  • Professor John Shine, biological science researcher - for his outstanding contribution to biological science. (Award ceremony 10am Wednesday.)
  • Professor Bertil Andersson, plant biochemist - for his exceptional contributions to science. (Award ceremony 2pm Wednesday.)
  • The Hon Fred Chaney AO, former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and former Liberal Party Senate leader - for his exceptional contribution to public service and his lifelong commitment to Indigenous issues. (Award ceremony 5.30pm Wednesday.)
  • Mr John Mitchell, advocate for education - for his contribution to the standing and reputation of the University. (Award ceremony 2pm Thursday.)
  • Susan Ryan AO, former Senator and Education Minister and former Age Discrimination Commissioner - for her contribution to the advancement of human rights. (Award ceremony 10am Friday.)

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC congratulated the students on their graduation and wished them well for the future.

“Today’s graduations represent the culmination of many years hard work for our graduating students,” Professor Schmidt said.

“Our new graduates will leave ANU confident that their qualifications are equal to the best in the world and they are among the world’s most employable graduates.

“They should rightly be very proud of their achievements and on behalf of the whole University, I offer my best wishes for the future.”

Michelle Lindenmayer, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Economics from the ANU College of Business and Economics on Thursday, said ANU gave her the opportunity to travel to both China and Singapore during her degree.

“Having the opportunity to study with academics who went above and beyond gave us the skills that have already given me great advantages in the workforce,” She said.

Arbaz Khan, who will graduate on Tuesday with a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce, was project manager on the ANU student team which built a solar car which took part on the World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide.

“There was a sense of community where we could study and have fun. Everyone is willing to help and the collaborative culture encourages the sharing of ideas,”
he said.

Graduations will be at 10am and 2pm each day until Friday. The ANU College of Law graduation ceremony will be at 5.30pm on Wednesday 13 December.

Details and a graduations program are available on the ANU Graduations website at

MEDIA NOTE: The ANU Media team has students available for interview from each graduation ceremony.

Contact the ANU Media team on 02 6125 7979 for more details.


Students available for interview:

10am Tuesday 12 December - ANU College of Health and Medicine and ANU College of Science

Sam Provost, Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management)

Sam combined the Aboriginal culture of the Yuin country on the South Coast of New South Wales, which is his country, with western science to better understand the path forward to managing the landscape. During his studies he completed cadetships at ABC and Geoscience Australia. This week he is a mentor and one of the organisers of the Indigenous STEM Science Summer School. 


2pm Tuesday 12 December 2017 - ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Arbaz Khan, Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce

Arbaz was the project manager for the design team for the ANU solar car that raced in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide. He has also been an active member in Engineers without Borders and Young Engineers Australia. Arbaz has secured a graduate position as a mechanical engineer in Melbourne.


10am Wednesday 13 December 2017 - ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Sita Dewi, Master of Asia Pacific Studies

When reporting on the 2014 Indonesian Presidential election, Sita met ANU Indonesian specialist Professor Ed Aspinall and assisted him with research work. That prompted Sita to apply for an Australia Award scholarship at ANU. Sita now plans to take what she’s learnt at ANU back to Jakarta.


2pm Wednesday 13 December 2017 - ANU College of Health and Medicine and
ANU College of Science

Elise Firman, Doctor of Medicine and Surgery

In 2013 Elise completed the Master of Science Communication (Outreach) program and travelled around Australia performing science shows after completing a Bachelor of Science at ANU. In 2014 she started the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery and spent her third year in the rural stream at the ANU Medical School’s Goulburn Campus. In 2017 she completed a four week elective in Accident and Emergency Department at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta. Next year she plans to stay in Canberra and do an internship at Canberra Hospital.


5.30pm Wednesday 13 December 2017 - ANU College of Law


Jackson Bursill, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws with Honours

For most of his time at ANU Jackson was on the elite athlete program and represented Australia as a cross country skier on the World Cup circuit, and at the World Championships in 2015 and the Asian Winter Games in 2017. During his time at ANU Jackson has visited Myanmar to see how the new democracy is emerging. In November, Jackson started a three-month Bounding Plains for our Shared Humanity challenge, running from Cooktown to Melbourne to raise awareness of Australia's refugee and migrant communities and to prompt a shift in the discussion surrounding refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.


10am Thursday 14 December 2017 - ANU College of Business and Economics

Michelle Lindenmayer, Bachelor of Economics

While at ANU, Michelle spent time studying in both Singapore and China. She won a Westpac Asian exchange Scholarship to study at the National University of Singapore, and also won a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant to study in Beijing.

She will start a job as an analyst in the banking sector in Sydney next year.


2pm Thursday 14 December 2017 - ANU College of Business and Economics

Grace Huang, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Grace has pursued her MBA to support her professional career in the Australian Public Service, where she is working in a project coordination role.


10am Friday 15 December 2017 - ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Sumati Maharjan, Advanced Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

Growing up in Nepal, Sumati had an interest in gender and women’s issues and that continued when she migrated to Australia. At ANU she has looked at the migration of Nepalese women into Gulf countries and how this effects gender based roles back in Nepal and their place in a patriarchal society as income earners.


2pm Friday 15 December 2017 - ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Twins Bryn and Talfryn Davies have both completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours.

Fraternal twins Bryn and Talfryn Davies grew up in the small community of Bundeena, in the southern outskirts of Sydney. Both will graduate with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), Talfryn majoring in painting and Bryn in printmedia.

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