Autumn graduation is over! From our oldest PhD graduate to a double lung transplant recipient, another 1,500 UOW graduates are ready to throw their hats into the ring and change the world! We've pieced together the best pics and stories from the autumn graduations.


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Over three days another 1,500 graduates joined UOW’s 131,000-strong alumni family. UOW grads are a worldly bunch. Our alumni live and work in 175 different countries throughout the globe.


 Sparks grad US

Double lung transplant recipient turned active organ donation advocate Jessica Sparks was awarded the Chancellor Robert Hope Memorial Prize. The prize is awarded each year to a student graduating with a Bachelor degree who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance, outstanding leadership and is making a significant contribution to the University and the wider community. The 24-year-old graduated with a double degree in law and journalism.


Oldest phd grad US

At age 85 and with four children and 12 grandchildren, James Prior, became UOW’s oldest ever person to graduate a PhD when he donned cap and gown at the April graduation celebrations. He enrolled at UOW in 2008 and would spend the next eight years – held back only by ill health and a car accident – putting his inquiring mind to setting the record straight on how the United States came to have a strategic military base in Australia.

Here are our other top pics of the day:


You can check out more pics at our UOW Graduates Flickr page.