2020 Commencement Address

Commencement Address

What is Commencement?

Commencement is the formal welcome for all new students at ANU. It's an opportunity to hear from the Vice-Chancellor, notable graduates and other great speakers about what makes ANU such an exciting place. Expect a fun event full of colour and excitement and the opportunity to get to meet some fantastic people.

Information for new students

If you have accepted your offer to study you should have received an invitation from the Vice-Chancellor to the Commencement Address - this is an important part of your journey into ANU. Please make sure you register to attend by Tuesday 11 February 2020. If you haven't received an invitation yet, please email vc.events@anu.edu.au

What colour do I wear?

The College of Engineering and Computer Science's colour is claret (dark red). We will be giving away red hats, t-shirts and sunscreen on the day! 

Information for ANU staff and returning students

Staff, returning students and ANU alumni are encouraged to come along to welcome new students. After Commencement we will be holding refreshments on the lawns of University Avenue which you are welcome to attend. Please make sure you register here (select the 'I'm a spectator' option) to ensure we have an idea of numbers for catering. 

What are the College induction sessions for?

Each of the ANU Colleges is offering a number of induction and information sessions for commencing students. These are important to attend, as they offer specific information about your degree program. The sessions are all held in the vicinity of the College offices, and near many of the classrooms that you will need to find. College inductions give you a chance to meet your degree convenor/s, many of your lecturers and discipline specialists, as well as College Student Support staff. These are the people who can help you throughout your degree journey. We reccomended you attend as many of these sessions as you can. 

What if I'm stuyding a flexible double degree?

Maybe you prefer a particular colour or you know people from a particular College. There's no set rule, so pick whichever College you like, and consider wearing both colours to the event. 

What if I'm an online student?

You can still participate! The event will be recorded and made available online after the event.

Weather conditions

In the event of poor weather conditons, Commencement will be moved to Llewellyn Hall at ANU School of Music. Advice will be provided if poor weather is expected on the day. 

Date & time

11am–12.30pm 17 Feb 2020


Lawns of University Avenue Opposite Sullivans Creek Bridge ANU ACT 2601 Australia


6125 2343

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