Kerry Schott, Ben Quilty and Peter FitzSimons to receive graduation honours

High-profile Australians Ben Quilty, Peter FitzSimons and Dr Kerry Schott have received honorary doctorates from the University of Western Sydney this week, as part of the University's April graduation season.

The three have been recognised for their work across the arts, journalism, business and public administration. Each delivered a graduation occasional address.

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, says the University is proud to award prestigious honorary awards to those who have made a powerful and lasting difference in the community.

"Kerry, Ben and Peter are outstanding leaders in their respective fields, and have, in their own unique ways, made a significant contribution to Australian public life and the betterment of society," says Professor Glover.

"UWS is pleased to recognise their achievements with the University's highest honour – an honorary doctorate. Each are incredibly worthy recipients, and the UWS community congratulates them on their success."

Business leader, former CEO of Sydney Water, and Board Member of the Whitlam Institute at UWS, Dr Kerry Schott, received a Doctor of Letters honoris causa on Tuesday 14 April, at 12.00pm. She has been recognised for her distinguished service to public administration, business and the community.

Archibald Prize winner and UWS graduate Ben Quilty received a Doctor of Creative Arts honoris causa on Wednesday 15 April. He has been recognised for his distinguished contribution to the arts.

Sydney Morning Herald columnist and best-selling author Peter FitzSimons received a Doctor of Letters honoris causa on Wednesday 15 April. He has been recognised for his distinguished service to journalism and literature.

UWS graduation runs from Saturday 11 April until Friday 17 April. 

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April 2015

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