A higher than usual percentage of PhD candidates will be among almost 1,200 students graduating during the spring series of graduation ceremonies starting at The University of Western Australia tonight.
More than 90 PhD candidates will graduate having completed research which impacts on areas ranging from health and education to environmental sustainability. They will be joined by three candidates graduating with professional doctorates – two in Education and one in Business Administration.
Reflecting the University’s response to changing demands for courses in a changing world, the first cohort of a new postgraduate course, a Master of Pharmacy, will be granted their degrees. The new course enables UWA Science graduates to become pharmacists without having to undertake a second, four-year degree.
Tonight’s ceremony (Monday 17 September) is for graduates from the Faculties of Business and Education. Professor Grady J. Venville from the Faculty of Education will deliver an occasional address.
Ms Ruth Durack, Director of the Urban Design Centre of WA, will speak on Tuesday (18 September) when graduates from the Faculties of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Business (postgraduate) will be honoured.
The conferring of awards in the Science Faculties will take place on Wednesday (19 September). Premier’s Fellow Professor Peter Quinn will deliver the occasional address.
On Thursday (20 September) the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor Ian B. Puddey, will give the address on Thursday for graduates of the Faculties of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics; Law; Medicine, Dentistry and Health.
Also on Thursday, Professor George Winterton – a leading Australian constitutional lawyer who has made an outstanding contribution throughout his distinguished career as a barrister and solicitor and as an internationally recognised legal academic – will be awarded with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.