A Nobel Prize winner, the NSW Chief Scientist and a Hollywood designer and art director will be among the occasional speakers who will inspire students when the University of Newcastle stages its April graduation ceremonies at Callaghan.

More than 2,800 students will graduate in 12 ceremonies over two weeks in the Great Hall. Ceremonies begin Thursday 4 April and continue on Friday 5 April and Saturday 6 April, with further ceremonies to be held on Friday 12 April and Saturday 13 April.

On Friday 5 April the University is awarding an honorary degree to West Australian gastroenterologist and Nobel Laureate, Professor Barry Marshall AC, a pioneer researcher responsible for discovering that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori caused one of the world’s most common diseases – peptic ulcer disease.

The first cohort of the University’s Joint Medical Program (JMP) will graduate on Friday 5 April. The JMP is an expansion of the University of Newcastle’s Bachelor of Medicine program, in partnership with the University of New England, offering students the opportunity to practise in urban, regional, and remote Australia.

READ about our graduates.

READ Katie Butler’s story in the Newcastle Herald.