30 September 2009: Immediate former chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, AC, MC was yesterday awarded Australian Catholic Universitys (ACU) highest honour, Doctor of the University, in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to the Australian and international community in times of peace and of conflict.
A Companion of Australia recipient, General Cosgrove served in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross, and more recently in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.
He was a major contributor to the restoration of Darwin after Cyclone Tracy in 1974. In East Timor, he led the UN taskforce that restored order to the territory in September 1999. He was also involved in the rebuilding of the Indonesian province of Aceh after the 2004 tsunami.
In 2001, General Cosgrove was named Australian of the Year.
Vice-Chancellor of ACU, Professor Greg Craven, said General Cosgrove had demonstrated outstanding leadership, care of the men and women under his command and a cultural awareness of the lives of others.
In his Occasional Address, General Cosgrove congratulated the graduates and said they were now among that most fortunate part of humankind, those with the privilege of education.
With this privilege comes great responsibility... to you, the newest graduates of ACU, I say go forth and do good.