Celebrating the Class of 2017

18 October 2017

For a week in October the Tower Building was buzzing as almost 2,500 UTS graduates donned their gowns and caps, taking selfies and celebrating with their proud loved ones.

The new graduates filled the Great Hall to hear advice from the Chancellor and listen to the inspiring stories from high-profile speakers including Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane, innovation experts Narelle Kennedy AM and John McGuire, and two of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs, Richard White and George Koukis. And of course, it was time to cross the stage to mark the end of their years of university. With a handshake and a photo with the Chancellor, each student was congratulated and applauded, then ceremoniously sent offstage to the big world ahead.

There were special grounds for celebration during the UTS Law ceremony, as the 15,000th Law graduate, Juris Doctor student Robert Chen, was presented his testamur.

After the ceremonies, graduates and their friends and families took turns to take pictures in front giant #UTSALUMNI letters welcoming them to the alumni community. Check out these brilliant photos shared by some our graduates (and don’t forget to vote for your favourite pic in our selfie competition, which closes at midday on Monday 23 October).

Graduates celebrating their graduation day

While they might not miss those late nights of cramming for exams, many graduates lamented how they would miss their classmates and tutors, and being able to relax and have fun on campus with cherished friends and companions they met along the way.

Hear what our newest alumni will miss when they leave UTS and watch some of the highlights from graduations in this video made by one of our current UTS students, Diva Patro.


Many of these graduates will pave careers in industries that their specialist degrees have prepared them for. Others will apply their new crossover skills in other ventures in a variety of fields. Some will continue on their academic journey, taking on postgraduate studies in honours, masters and doctorate levels.

We wish all of our new alumni well on the completion of their degree and can’t wait to hear where their careers take them.

Where has your journey taken you? As our newest graduates have just set off on their own post-university paths, we'd love to head where has life taken you? How has your time at UTS helped you in life? What do you remember about your time at uni?

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