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THE UNIVERSITY AT A GLANCE The University of Newcastle is a leader in teaching and research. With a history of more than 45 years, the University of Newcastle has grown from a locally-focused institution to one that is globally orientated. The University of Newcastle established


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RANKINGS Top 300 in world (268th) in QS World Rankings, 2012 276-300 in world on Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012 Top 400 in world (356th) on Shanghai Jiao Tong Life Sciences and Biomedicine: 149th University in the world and 9th in Australia (QS World Rankings 2012) Engineering and IT: 159th University in the world and 12th in Australia (QS World Rankings 2012) 9th in Australia for research funding outcomes, 2012


MESSAGE FROM THE VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRESIDENT Dear Graduate, Congratulations on obtaining your degree. A university education is a significant asset, and today we recognise your important achievement. I am delighted to be able to celebrate this accomplishment with you, and your family and friends who have provided such valuable support during your studies. The University of Newcastle is acknowledged as a world-class institution that delivers quality education and innovative research. Key to our success is a commitment to equity, excellence and engagement. Recognising the transformative power of education, the University is a leader in providing more opportunities for people with ability and determination to enter higher education regardless of their background and circumstances. In 2012 the University was recognised in three independent global university ranking systems. The Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings ranked us in the top three per cent in the world, and both the Times Higher Education and QS named us in the top 50 universities in the world under the age of 50. In Australia, Newcastle ranks in the top 10 universities for research, and we make important contributions to the knowledge and understanding of issues of global significance particularly in health, engineering and science. Our record of research in other key areas including the humanities, social sciences, business and law, is also growing and emerging on the world stage. Today, you are graduating from a world-class university. In the years ahead, you will have every reason to remain proud of the University of Newcastle as we continue to build on our national and international standing and reputation for excellence. Importantly, today also signals your entry into the University’s 115,000 strong alumni network. Our global network keeps you connected with the University, and offers you friendship and professional links with Newcastle graduates and former staff living in Australia and 118 countries across the world. Congratulations on your wonderful achievement. I wish you every success in the future. Professor Caroline McMillen Vice-Chancellor and President

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM Advance Australia Fair Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free; We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil; Our home is girt by sea; Our land abounds in nature’s gifts Of beauty rich and rare; In history’s page, let every stage Advance Australia Fair.


PORT MACQUARIE CAMPUS - A BRIEF HISTORY In 2002, the Port Macquarie-Hastings community formed the Hasting Higher Education Consultative Group, with the goal of advancing higher education in the region. The group aimed to develop education opportunities that minimised the need for locals to leave the region to study at university, provided a university environment to supplement existing distance and online study programs, and offered articulation pathways to university degrees for people with TAFE qualifications. The University of Newcastle seized the invitation to be part of the initiative and less than a year later a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the University and TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute outlining a blueprint for a multi-sector tertiary campus in Port Macquarie. On 23 February 2004, the first cohort of 24 University of Newcastle students began studying the Bachelor of Nursing degree at the Port Macquarie campus and 12 months later, the University and TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute signed the first Partnership Agreement that established a platform for the long-term growth of the campus. Today, more than 370 students are completing University of Newcastle programs in nursing, teaching/arts and midwifery at the Port Macquarie campus. Library, administration and student facilities have been enhanced and with Commonwealth and NSW government support totalling $10 million. Through this joint approach, the campus now boasts purpose-built teaching spaces featuring state-of-the-art technology. In 2012, the University of Newcastle increased its program offerings to include the Bachelor of Midwifery degree program, in collaboration with the Mid North Coast Local Health Network. The new Port Macquarie Joint Health Education Facility, to be built in 2014, will dramatically expand the region’s tertiary education opportunities in the field of allied health. Backed by $20 million in Australian Government funding and to be developed in partnership with the University of New South Wales and TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute, the facility will allow the University of Newcastle to expand its program offerings to include radiation therapy, occupational therapy and nutrition and dietetics. There is a genuine commitment in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region to a strong future for higher education and the University of Newcastle is proud to be a partner in realising those aspirations.


RECONCILIATION STATEMENT The University of Newcastle declares its commitment to Aboriginal reconciliation: developing a strong community and fostering mutual respect, social justice and a united voice between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal Australians. The University of Newcastle respects and acknowledges the Aboriginal land on which the Australian campuses of the University are located. We acknowledge the Aboriginal nations on whose traditional lands the University has a presence, respecting and acknowledging the traditional peoples and the cultural significance and history of the land. The University is aware of the impact of the alienation and other forms of injustices including the removal of children, the loss of land, the destruction of languages and culture, and the ongoing struggle for social and restorative justice. Through acknowledging and understanding past losses and injustices and through committing to redressing the social and economic challenges and ongoing racism, we will continue to move forward together to a better future. The University recognises that education plays an integral role in providing a foundation and platform for the exercise of self-determination and the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Through collaboration and the provision of culturally responsive education the University seeks to educate and contribute to the development of a harmonious community. The University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have supported the University in ensuring an Aboriginal presence at the University and appropriate and effective levels of consultation and collaboration through the sharing of Aboriginal voices, cultural wisdom and knowledge. These attributes are essential to moving forward to a future of equality and respect in teaching and learning, research, cultural inclusion, celebrating diverse cultures and success. The University acknowledges and appreciates the contribution and support by all communities. We will continue to build on existing partnerships and wherever possible forge respectful relationships designed to contribute to the ongoing endeavour of redressing the circumstance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, health, cultures, languages, social justice, employment and empowerment. The University is committed to providing an environment that is free from racism and discrimination, developing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to access and succeed in higher education. The University embraces the unique and diverse cultures of Aboriginal – the oldest continuing culture in the world – and Torres Strait Island peoples and to ensure the growth of knowledge for all Australians. With respect and collaboration, the University of Newcastle embraces a united approach to equality and inclusiveness for all Australian peoples.


ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS The Master of Ceremonies will announce the imminent commencement of the Ceremony The University Fanfare will herald the entry of the Dais Party The Assembly will rise and remain standing until the conclusion of the singing of the National Anthem The Acting Chancellor will declare the proceedings open Occasional address Conferring of Postgraduate and Undergraduate Degrees for the Faculties of Business and Law, Engineering and Built Environment, and Education and Arts The Acting Chancellor will invite the graduate chosen on behalf of the Faculty of Education and Arts to address the Assembly Musical interlude Conferring of Postgraduate and Undergraduate Degrees for the Faculty of Health The Acting Chancellor will invite the graduate chosen on behalf of the Faculty of Health to address the Assembly The Acting Chancellor will declare the Ceremony concluded The Dais Party and Assembly will rise as the University Fanfare is sounded The Dais Party will leave the stage The Procession of Graduates will follow the Dais Party out of the Auditorium





Acting Chancellor The Hon John Charles Price AM JP OFIE Aust, I.Eng, IMarEng(UK), MIMarEST(UK), GAICD

Dr Tom Griffiths BEd(Hons), PhD(Newcastle), GradCert TESOL(UTS)

Vice‑Chancellor and President Professor Caroline McMillen MA, DPhil(Oxon), MB, BChir(Cantab) President of the Academic Senate Professor Val J Robertson BAppSc(Physio)(Lincoln Institute), BA(Hons), PhD(La Trobe) Acting Deputy Chancellor Ms Dianne Allen BCom(Newcastle), CA, GAICD

[Acting Deputy Chancellor for a term from 7/12/2012 to 31/05/2013]

MINISTERIAL APPOINTEES Conjoint Professor Geoff Lilliss BE(Hons), MBA(Merit)(Newcastle), FIEAust, MAICD EXTERNAL MEMBERS APPOINTED BY COUNCIL Ms Dianne Allen (Acting Deputy Chancellor) BCom(Newcastle), CA, GAICD

[Acting Deputy Chancellor for a term from 7/12/2012 to 31/05/2013]

Ms Sharryn Brownlee (Pro Chancellor) MAICD

[Pro Chancellor for a term from 01/05/2012 to 31/12/2013]

Mr Peter Cockbain BScEng(Newcastle), FIEAust, CPEng, FIPENZ, FTSE Mr Brian Kennaugh (Pro Chancellor) BBus(Newcastle) [Pro Chancellor for a term from 01/05/2012 to 26/05/2013]

Dr Geoff Leonard AM (Pro Chancellor) BCom, HonDBus(Newcastle), FCA, FCPA [Pro Chancellor for a term from 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2013]

Ms Deborah Wright DipTeach(Newcastle), MBA(SCU), FAMI, CPM

Professor John Rostas BSc(Hons), PhD(Monash) MEMBER ELECTED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF Ms Leanne Holt Dip HR(HIT), MME(Newcastle) MEMBERS ELECTED BY THE STUDENTS Ms Rosemary Gosper



Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Caroline McMillen MA, DPhil(Oxon), MB, BChir(Cantab) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt BE, PhD(Adelaide), FIEAust Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Michael Calford BSc, PhD(Monash) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement) Recruitment pending Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Professor Elizabeth Burd BEd(Hons)(CNAA), MSc, DPhil(York), PhD(Dunelm) FHEA SMIEEE Commencing April 2013 President of Academic Senate Professor Val Robertson BAppSc(Physio)(Lincoln Institute), BA(Hons), PhD(La Trobe) Chief Operating Officer (Acting) Dr Brok Glenn BSC(Hons), PhD(London) Chief Financial Officer Mr Craig Wallis BCom(Newcastle), AssocDipBus(Ac)(GCIT), FCPA

FACULTY PRO VICE-CHANCELLORS Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Law) Professor Richard Dunford BCA, BA(Hons)(Well), PhD(ANU) Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Arts) Professor John Germov BA(Chisholm), MA(Sociology)(Monash), PhD(Newcastle) Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engineering and Built Environment) Professor John Carter AM BE, PhD, DEng(Syd), MASCE, FTSE, FAA, FIEAust, CPEng, GAICD Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health) Professor Nicholas Talley MBBS(Hons), MD(UNSW), PhD(Syd), MMedSc(ClinEpid) (Newcastle), FRACP, FRCP(London and Edinburgh), FAFPHM, FACP, FACG, AGAF Pro Vice-Chancellor (Science and Information Technology) Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Bill Hogarth BSc(Hons)(UNSW), PhD(Newcastle), FIMA, CMath, FAustMS


CONGRATULATIONS As a graduate, you now belong to the global network of the University of Newcastle Alumni Whether you are here in Port Macquarie, or travelling the globe, you can connect with graduates from all walks of life. Share skills, knowledge, networks and make new friends.

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THE GRADUATION CEREMONY THE MACE The Mace is the symbol of formal authority. The Mace used today belongs to the University of Newcastle and was designed by gold and silversmith, Gerald Benney. It is made of Australian walnut and silver and its head represents an open book – the traditional symbol of learning. The Mace was a gift from the University of New South Wales to commemorate the establishment of the University of Newcastle as an autonomous institution on 1 January, 1965. It is always borne ahead of the Chancellor in the academic procession during formal ceremonies such as today’s presentation of academic awards. THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE FANFARE In mid-1994, staff and students of the University’s Faculty of Music were invited to submit entries for a competition to compose the University Fanfare. The composition had to be capable of being performed either on organ or on brass. The winning entry by Professor Robert Constable, was first played publicly at the University’s overseas graduation ceremony held in Singapore in August 1994. The Fanfare is performed at all ceremonial functions to herald the entry and departure of the Chancellor and other members of the Council. The Fanfare is performed at all ceremonial functions to herald the entry and departure of the Chancellor and other members of the Council. HONOURS The award of Honours is given to students who complete an additional year of study after the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Some bachelor’s degrees, such as engineering or education, have Honours embedded in the four year degree program. An Honours year generally consists of part coursework and part research requiring submission of a thesis. Honours can be awarded as Class I, Class II Division I, Class II Division II, or Class III. WITH DISTINCTION A bachelor or master degree is conferred with distinction in cases where a candidate has achieved a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or above in the degree, out of a maximum of 7.0. COMBINED DEGREE A combined degree is one where a student studies for two separate degrees at the same time. It is possible for the student to complete the degree requirements for one degree ahead of the other. The student receives a testamur for each degree. Places for combined degrees are very competitive and offered to the highest performing students who apply.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF GRADUATION The graduation ceremony is one of great antiquity. Its essential features have been the same since the 12th century when the first universities came into existence. Its necessary constituents are the Chancellor or his or her deputy, the academic staff, the graduates, and the public. The church had a monopoly of education, partly because it was the guardian of true doctrine, and partly because clerics were almost the only people who could read and write. As a result, the only person who could license a teacher was the bishop of a diocese until, under pressure of other business; he deputed the task to his chief secretary or chancellor. As learning spread, teachers wanted a licence to teach not just in one diocese, but everywhere, and the only person who could give them that was the Pope. The Chancellor’s authority, then, came from the Pope. But at the Reformation, Henry VIII assumed for the Crown all the rights which had previously been the Pope’s in England. That is why all subsequent universities in England have been created by Royal Charter. It is for this reason also that the Chancellor does not wear ecclesiastical robes, as would have been worn in the Middle Ages, but robes similar to those of the Lord Chancellor of England. The second group participating in the ceremony is the academic staff. In the 12th century they would all have been called “masters” or MAs. At that date they were paid no salaries, but hired their own lecture rooms and charged their own fees. But they also formed themselves into a guild or union, which is what universitas originally meant. As in all guilds they were insistent that they, and only they, should determine who should be of their number, and since this involved saying who should be teachers, they soon found themselves in conflict with the Chancellor. In the 13th century they won a great victory when they persuaded the Pope to decree that Chancellors were obliged to confer degrees on all those nominated by the masters. That is why the masters examine the candidates, why the Dean, acting as their spokesperson, reads out the names of those who are to receive degrees, and why the masters at this ceremony watch to see that the Chancellor or his Deputy does what is required of him. Thirdly the graduates. The word “degree” comes from the Latin gradus, which means “a step”. When students are admitted to a Bachelor degree they move one step up towards the mastership. When they are admitted to a master’s degree they climb another step and come up on a level with the masters, who then receive them into their guild or universitas. In the Middle Ages they would then have stayed on the dais, so that their old master could invest them with the symbols of office. But that was only part of the business. The new master had to deliver an inaugural lecture, entertain the whole guild of masters to dinner and preside over disputations for forty days continuously. For that reason, taking one’s master’s degree was called “inception”, or the beginning of one’s career as a master. The academic gowns are derived from the everyday dress of the medieval clergy. In the Middle Ages they were not open in front, but closed like a clergyman’s cassock. It was in about 1500 that academics had the front opened up so as to display the fine clothes which they were wearing underneath. The hood was the normal medieval headwear, but it soon acquired a coloured lining. By the 17th century, if not earlier, these colours were strictly controlled so that anyone could identify from the colour of a graduate’s hood, the university and the degree. The public is the fourth participant. It has an important function because the whole point of the proceedings is that they should be seen and heard by valid witnesses. The public hears the words of the Dean and the Chancellor and sees the new graduates dressed in their respective gowns or robes. The foregoing is an adaptation of an Address given at a Graduation Ceremony at the University of Birmingham by Emeritus Professor R H C Davis and reprinted in his book ‘From Alfred the Great to Stephen’ (Hambledon Press 1991), pp. 307-309. It is reproduced with kind permission of the author’s widow.


FRIDAY 1 MARCH 2013 CEREMONY Occasional Speaker - Mrs Lyn Dockrill National Anthem - Performed by Bel Canto Choir, Tacking Point Primary School Musical Interlude - Performed by Bel Canto Choir, Tacking Point Primary School FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW Graduates will be presented by Professor Jenny Gore, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Faculty of Education and Arts) FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS Graduates will be presented by Professor Jenny Gore, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Faculty of Education and Arts) Graduate Speaker, Faculty of Education and Arts - David Beard FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT Graduates will be presented by Professor Jenny Gore, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Faculty of Education and Arts) FACULTY OF HEALTH Graduates will be presented by Professor Nicholas Talley, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Faculty of Health) Graduate Speaker, Faculty of Health - Kellie Simon

OCCASIONAL SPEAKER Lyn Dockrill For 35 years, Mrs Lyn Dockrill has led a highly successful career that has combined her twin passions for music and teaching. The Principal of West Kempsey Public School holds a Bachelor of Arts/Diploma of Education from Macquarie University, majoring in psychology, English and primary education; and an Associate Diploma in Music from the Australian Music Examinations Board. Mrs Dockrill began her career in education at Northbridge Public School in Sydney where she taught for 11 years and was later appointed relieving deputy principal. Mrs Dockrill left Sydney in1987 to teach at South Kempsey Public School. She was promoted to East Kempsey Public School in 1994 and then further promoted in 2000 to her current school, West Kempsey Public School, where she was appointed Principal in 2006. Throughout her career, Mrs Dockrill has been committed to the principles of equity and inclusivity, ensuring access to educational opportunities and quality teaching for all students, regardless of their circumstances. This commitment has resulted in her successful leadership of West Kempsey Public School, which now has a stronger relationship with its community and is a dynamic learning and workplace environment for its students and teachers. A highlight of her teaching career has been conducting Kempsey students at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games, the 2000 Paralympics and at Opera House concerts. Mrs Dockrill’s love for music extends beyond the classroom where she teaches choir and band, and trains soloists. She also shares her musical expertise among the Macleay community, supporting teachers in primary and high schools and coordinating an annual music festival for students from public schools. A keen sportswoman, Mrs Dockrill has played hockey for NSW and represented Australia in test series against New Zealand in 2010 and 2011. In 1999 and 2001, Mrs Dockrill received Australia Day Awards for her contributions to education and cultural activities in the Kempsey and Macleay Valley communities.


FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW POSTGRADUATE COURSEWORK Master of Marketing with Distinction Ruth Louise Gollan

FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS POSTGRADUATE COURSEWORK Master of Special Education with Distinction Elizabeth Iris Hegerty Master of Theology Jennifer Margaret Crossing UNDERGRADUATE Bachelor of Education Studies Julian Tapping Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Arts with Distinction Scott Abercrombie David John Beard Haley Brooke Branch Manuela Felicity Dampney Toby Davies

Josephine Rae Lulham Simonette Joy Morris Brianna Pearson Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Arts Kate Cydoni Border Rebecca Ann Boughton Rachel Alysandra Brassey Kiara Jane Breckell Emma Hayley Campbell Wendy Carter Matthew Coskerie Olivia Curtis Jayde Hannah Debono Jacob Easey Sarah-Jayne Elizabeth Fulmer Samantha Ann Gilmore Holly Hough Casey Lee Hughes Krysten Lee Jones

Joshua Kew Michelle Jean Larbalestier Scott Damien Leeson Rebecca Lea Macdonald Kimberley Joy McArthur Shannon McNally Samantha Anne Noble Susan Lorraine O’Neill Wade Owen Kate Pitkin Sally Jane Pratley Damien Patrick Soares Chantelle Elise Symes Alecia Gaye Templeton Levi Aza Worth



FACULTY OF HEALTH POSTGRADUATE COURSEWORK Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Jason Allan Stanley UNDERGRADUATE Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science in Diagnostic Radiography Zachary Van Beelen Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction Kirstin Vera Flakus Elizabeth Anna Rotgans Kellie Louise Simon Bachelor of Nursing Nicole Elizabeth Allen

Brooke Hayley Atkins Amanda Jayne Barnes Jenna Kate Beaumont Melissa Berrett Kathryn Rebecca Buckley Rebecca Louise Burton Joanne Lea Bylsma Karen Elizabeth De Gioia Makaela Beth Durant Kirsten Evans Stephanie Evans Carly Alice Everson Nikole Marie Green Michelle Gay Hessing Tracey Elizabeth Houston Nathan Hudson Rhonda June Hussell Julia Ann Jones Jessie Le Grange Kearns Lucy Joy Kelly Kate Eliza Kwast

Linda Day Mallam Paul Stephen Merrick Cyal Rhys Moriarty Orlena Moss Heather Jean Orphin Kathryn Lorraine Ottrey Robyn Adele Salt Meredith Laurel Thinius Roslyn Emily Williams

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