To celebrate the close working relationship between the Guild, the University and Convocation, Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater assisted the Guild President Nevin Jayawardena and the Warden of Convocation Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM to plant an oak tree during Saturday’s annual Convocation Day.
Mr Jayawardena, UWA’s 104th Guild President said he was delighted the Guild President is invited each year to plant an oak tree to commemorate Convocation Day, the anniversary of the first meeting of Convocation, held on 4 March 1913.
“It’s a very symbolic way to mark the strong relationship between UWA, the Guild and Convocation, and a wonderful day to be involved.
“The UWA Guild plays a vital role on campus representing and offering a range of services to students. This is similar to Convocation’s role of representing all UWA graduates and assisting them to maintain their relationship with the University,” he said.
Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM said it is appropriate to celebrate Convocation with an annual tree planting as the University’s garden setting is an important part of campus life.
“It is also fitting that the day falls just as graduation ceremonies are beginning. Once graduands receive their degrees they automatically become members of Convocation, the body established in the UWA Act to be the electorate for the University of Western Australia.
“As members of Convocation, all UWA graduates have the right to participate in UWA Senate and Convocation Council elections as well as attend general meetings of the University to hear the progress UWA is making to achieve its goals,” he said.