Rae Frances, Dean and Professor of History, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Congratulations to all recent CASS graduates on your well-deserved success. In these extraordinary circumstances we all face challenges and a world that has changed in unexpected ways. You have earned something of enduring value: a degree from Australia's top university, a wealth of experiences and friendships that will continue to inspire you, and the support of fellow graduates as a member of the ANU alumni community. We wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.
I am lucky... that teachers in ANU truly care about their students. They care about you as a student, also they care about you as a human who needs empathy, support and help while going through difficult times in your life!
In some ways graduation can be as scary as it is exciting, because we have to face the job market and our uncertain futures, but don’t forget to take time to celebrate and be proud of what we’ve achieved.
I think it's important to just try and focus on the things we can control, and make the most of opportunities as they come.
Your ANU degree is in many ways just a beginning. You have acquired insights and techniques for testing all you encounter. You have built interesting and diverse connections—many of which will prove to be both invaluable and enduring. You have set values and goals for yourself, some modest, some extraordinary. You have learned about the world, and about yourself. We wish you the very best on the journey ahead. Stay safe, stay well, and stay in touch.
Having Rosanne [Kennedy] as my Honours supervisor was a privilege and… probably the most influential educational experience of my time at ANU. My thesis was a feminist critical analysis of Stolen Generations litigation, which was at the time under review before the High Court…. The topic traversed a number of fields including law, history and cultural studies, and Rosanne was the ideal supervisor because of the breadth of her own expertise, including in law. She gave my work… real thought and consideration, was respectful of ideas but also ready to challenge and test such that analysis and argument was fully developed. She was, and still is, involved in current academic debate and would (and still does!) point me to new resources to prompt fresh thinking. My Honours thesis led to a job with the law firm that ran the Stolen Generations litigation.