ACU to award Rino Grollo with an honorary doctorate

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

3 October 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) will award Melbourne-based property developer, humanitarian and prominent Italian-Australian Rino Grollo with its highest honour, Doctor of the University (honoris causa), at its annual spring graduation ceremony in Sydney tomorrow.

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More than 140 students from ACU’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Health Sciences, including a cohort of graduands from New Zealand, will graduate at the ceremony at Sydney Town Hall. Mr Grollo will deliver the occasional address to graduates.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO said Mr Grollo had demonstrated an exemplary balance between business success, devotion to faith and family, charitable giving and community involvement in a career spanning four decades.

“Rino Grollo has experienced outstanding success as Chairman of the Grollo Group, one of Australia’s most innovative building companies. The Grollo name is synonymous with quality workmanship and the company’s graceful architecture has added vibrancy to the Melbourne and Sydney skylines,” Professor Sheehan said.

“Importantly, however, Rino and his wife Diana are passionate humanitarians and have lent their commitment to the support of a number of important causes. These range from health services and the arts to the Australian Winter Olympics movement and the Catholic Church. An extraordinary number of Australians have actually benefited from the generosity of the Grollo family without knowing of their sponsorship.

“In addition, Rino Grollo is a proud Italian-Australian and a strong advocate of the Italian contribution to modern Australia. He has been a member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Dante Aligheri Society for more than two decades and has provided funding for an Italian Australian Institute, aged care facilities for Italian migrants, and Italian religious congregations, among other causes. In 1999, the Italian Government honoured his services to the Italian-Australian community when he was named Grand Ufficiale of the Italian Republic.

“It gives the University great pleasure to bestow the title of Doctor of the University upon him.”

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.


Note to editors:

Mr Rino Grollo will deliver his occasional address from about 2.30pm and will be available for comment and photography from about 3.30pm on Thursday.

Representatives of the media wishing to attend the ceremony should contact Chris Veraa (National Media Officer) on (03) 9953 3851, 0407 845 634 or