On 24-27 October I went to Armidale to join in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the University of New England, initially the New England University College of the University of Sydney. On the morning of Friday 25 October I attended the graduation ceremony for people taking degrees in Arts or Science.
UNE graduations have always been happy, family occasions, because they have always been held outside, so there is no limitation on the number of family and friends that can attend, and the fact that so many students have lived on campus means that returning for graduation is an opportunity to catch up with old friends.
I had my trusty iPhone handy, so here are some of the photos:
Early arrivers chatting before the ceremony
Booloominbah on Graduation Day
Some assistance with the academic dress
The academic procession gets under way
The academic procession
Deputy Chancellor Geoff Fox and Vice-Chancellor Jim Barber
Esquire Bedell Professor Roley Piggott, bearing the mace donated by former Chancellor P.A. Wright, escorting Chancellor John Watkins
The academic procession passing in front of Booloominbah
View of the dais from the public seating
Chancellor John Watkins chatting to a colleague
Graduates and families departing the ceremony
Happy snaps after the ceremony