An adventurer preparing to tackle the Antarctic by bicycle, WA’s first Government marine research scientist and a former Lotterywest chief are among several distinguished Western Australians whose contributions will be recognised at The University of Western Australia during its autumn series of graduations.
UWA graduate Kate Leeming will be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education and will also deliver the graduation address on Tuesday 8 March. Ms Leeming this year aims to become the first person to make a bicycle crossing of the Antarctic continent via the South Pole.
Current chair of the Board of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in WA (ICRAR) and former long-serving director of the Department of Fisheries WA, Bernard Bowen will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters and will deliver the address on Wednesday 16 March.
Former Lotterywest CEO Jan Stewart will also be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters and deliver the graduation address on Thursday 17 March.
Professor Bryant Stokes, former acting director-general of WA’s Health Department, will receive an Honorary Doctorate (Medicine), and will also deliver the address tonight (Tuesday 1 March).
Honorary doctorate recipient Brian King, who worked with Professor Ian Constable to establish the Lions Eye Institute of WA in 1983, encompassing the Centre of Ophthalmology and Visual Science within UWA, will deliver the address on Wednesday 9 March.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University and a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UWA, Emeritus Professor Roy Lourens, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate on Thursday 10 March. Professor Lourens, whose son Dr Alan Lourens is Head of UWA’s School of Music, will also deliver the address.
UWA’s first professor in public health, Emeritus Professor D’Arcy Holman will be awarded a Chancellor’s Medal on March 10. Professor Holman retired in 2014 after a career spanning 41 years as an epidemiologist, public health physician and law graduate.
More than 3,500 students out of a total 4,883 are expected to attend 14 graduation ceremonies in Winthrop Hall until Wednesday 23 March.
David Stacey (UWA Media and Public Relations Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716