Message from Associate Vice-Chancellor (NSW/ACT) Professor Marea Nicholson

Published: Wednesday 10th June 2015

Sydney Graduation Mass and May Events

Last month was an extremely busy one for our Sydney Campuses. Staff and students are to be congratulated for the success of so many events including the Hildegard of Bingen performance, the Fred Keller Lecture, the Sir George Reid lecture with the Hon Christopher Pyne and the Notre Dame Folk Choir tour.

Staff especially demonstrated their generosity by donating, attending prayer services and participating in campus fundraising events in support of those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. We also successfully conducted two Prizes and Awards ceremonies and six Graduation ceremonies.

I would particularly like to highlight the Sydney Graduation Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral which was held on Sunday 24 May.  Celebrated by the Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, more than 750 students, staff and families attended.

It was a tribute to the dedication of our staff to see so many there, showing their support for our graduating students, and recognising their hard work and academic achievements.

One of the highpoints of the graduation ceremonies was the student vote of thanks. It was pleasing to hear the recognition of the generous support students receive from both their families and our academic and professional staff. Importantly each graduate representative described the many ways they were challenged by their lecturers and tutors as well as being encouraged and affirmed.

Thank you to everyone for your contribution to our Campus communities and for providing diverse experiences. In the next three months we will host some significant 25th Anniversary Year celebrations and I hope that as many staff as possible will be able to be part of those events.


Professor Marea Nicholson

Associate Vice-Chancellor NSW/ACT