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ANU celebrates end of year graduations

More than 2,900 students will graduate from The Australian National University (ANU) in the end of 2016 award conferral ceremonies.

More than 2,070 will take part in the graduations ceremonies at Llewellyn Hall from Tuesday, while a further 832 students will graduate in absentia.

ANU will also confer honorary degrees on four distinguished global leaders – former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and businesswoman Thérèse Rein, former military commander Sir Angus Houston, and Indonesia’s former Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC congratulated the students on their achievements and wished them well for the next phase of their careers.

“Graduating from ANU is a great achievement and every graduate can be proud of the hard work and commitment put into their new qualifications, which are recognised around the world,” Professor Schmidt said.

“We look forward to welcoming graduates and their families to the University this week and can assure them they will always be valued members of the ANU community.

“On behalf of the ANU community I wish each of our new graduates the very best for the future.”

Mr Rudd, Ms Rein, Sir Angus and Dr Natalegawa will receive honorary degrees from ANU in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Australia and the region.

Mr Rudd and Ms Rein will each be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa for their individual contributions to Australia, to international affairs and to business, human rights and philanthropy.

Ms Rein and Mr Rudd will receive their honorary doctorates at separate graduation ceremonies for the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences on Friday 16 December 2016.

Ms Rein will receive her award at the 10am ceremony and Mr Rudd at the 2pm ceremony.

Dr Natalegawa, who was Foreign Minister of Indonesia between 2009 and 2014, is an ANU alumnus who completed his PhD in International Relations in 1993. He will be awarded a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, for his role in building Australia-Indonesia ties and for his leadership in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Natalegawa will receive his honorary doctorate at the graduation ceremony for the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific at 10am on Wednesday 14 December.

Sir Angus, a former Commander of the Australian Defence Force, had a distinguished career in the military and has continued to serve Australia since his retirement, particularly by managing the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Sir Angus will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his exceptional contribution in public service, both nationally and internationally, through career service in the military.

His honorary doctorate will be presented at the graduation ceremony for the ANU College of Business and Economics at 2pm on Thursday 15 December 2016.

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