Congratulations! A global community awaits you

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ConGRADulations! A global community awaits you

Congratulations on your amazing achievement and welcome to UWA’s global community.

Worldwide, UWA has over 130,000 graduates. That’s a powerful network. No matter where you go, you’ll find yourself in the company of extraordinary people who will be your mentors, collaborators and friends.

Here are a few steps you can take to get the most out of your UWA community after graduation.

Look, we know it's not the same as being there and hearing it first hand. That said, we thought you may like to receive the wisdom shared by your fellow grads during our last "in person" ceremonies in December 2019. The addresses are filled with well wishes, encouragement and inspiration, along with a decent helping of good advice. We hope they tide you over until you get the real thing.


  • 10 December: Ceremony 1
    Emil Ismayilov, Managing Director Exploration Production Upstream Australia, BP

  • 10 December: Ceremony 1
    Valedictorian James Phillip Rowe BA '18, BA(Hons) '19

  • 10 December: Ceremony 2
    Dr Alison Gaines BA '88, LLB '06, Chief Executive Officer, Gerard Daniels

  • 10 December: Ceremony 2
    Valedictorian Rachel Xiu-Li Chan BPhil(Hons) '17, JD '19

  • 11 December: Ceremony 1
    The Honourable Mayor Albert Jacob JP BEnvDes '07, MArch '12, Mayor of Joondalup

  • 11 December: Ceremony 1
    Valedictorian Megan My Nga Ngo BCom '19

  • 11 December: Ceremony 2
    Professor Peter van Onselen PhD '07, Journalist, Editor, Author

  • 11 December: Ceremony 2
    Valedictorian Eleanor Louise Rogerson BCom '18, BCom(Hons) '19

  • 11 December: Ceremony 3
    The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC LLB '74, Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia

  • 11 December: Ceremony 3
    Valedictorian Joshua Wayne Conner MBA '19

  • 12 December: Ceremony 1
    Rebecca Tomkinson GradCertSocImp '12, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service

  • 12 December: Ceremony 1
    Valedictorian Jaia Jinalli Bourgeois-Brookes BBiomedSc '19

  • 12 December: Ceremony 2
    Dr Robyn Lawrence MBBS '94, MBA '03, Chief Executive, North Metropolitan Health Service

  • 12 December: Ceremony 2
    Valedictorian Emily Louise Grant DMD '19

  • 12 December: Ceremony 3
    Dr Stuart Prosser MBBS '01, Founder and Medical Director, One for Women

  • 12 December: Ceremony 3
    Valedictorian Gavin Gewen Huangfu BSc '16, MD '19

  • 13 December: Ceremony 1
    Dr Liz Dallimore BSc '10, PhD '10, Director, Western Australian Data Science Innovation Hub

  • 13 December: Ceremony 1
    Valedictorian Dr Joanne Margaret Bennett Wisdom BA '97, BSc(Hort&Vit) '04, PhD '19

  • 13 December: Ceremony 2
    Dr Ben Fitzpatrick BSc '98, PhD '14, Marine Scientist and Director, Oceanwise Australia

  • 13 December: Ceremony 2
    Valedictorian Yohannah Marie Smolders BBiomedSc '19

  • 13 December: Ceremony 3
    Wendy Attenborough BA '85, Executive Director, Perth Zoo

  • 13 December: Ceremony 3
    Valedictorian Zoe Jane Neave Waters BSc '18, BSc(Hons) '19

  • 14 December: Ceremony 1
    Paul Ostergaard BE '91, CEO and Co-founder, Norwood Systems Ltd

  • 14 December: Ceremony 1
    Valedictorian Caitlin Jane Revell BSc '19

  • 14 December: Ceremony 2
    Mark Pownall BCom '89, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Business News

  • 14 December: Ceremony 2
    Valedictorian Kai Ying Khoo BSc '15, MTeach '19

  • 14 December: Ceremony 3
    Megan McCracken BA '88, MIR '94, Leadership Coach and Consultant

  • 14 December: Ceremony 3
    Valedictorian Kyle Robert Newman BSc '18, MPE '19