SAO Graduation Gallery

    Swinburne University runs two graduation ceremonies per year and SAO is always delighted to have our students attend in person. As well as the official Swinburne graduation ceremony, SAO also invites all graduates to visit the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing on graduation day, followed by drinks in a local pub and we usually go out for lunch or dinner as well.

    For those who cannot attend the Swinburne graduation in person, they often organise their own celebrations.


    September 2014 Graduation

    Three SAO graduates attended the Sept. 2014 graduation ceremony: Zoltan Vilagosh and Anne Gaides visited Swinburne for a short AstroTour prior to the ceremony. Brian Warburton also attended the ceremony and joined us all afterwards.

    Left to right: A/Prof Virginia Kilborn, A/Prof Michael Murphy, Brian Warburton, Zoltan Vilagosh and Anne Gaides.


    March 2014 Graduation

    Six SAO graduates attended the March 2014 graduation ceremony: Luke Rasborsek, Orlando Andico, Bob Davis, Christian Derrick, Constance Kordell and Peter Starr. Luke, Bob and Constance and friends/family visited Swinburne for a short AstroTour and visited the Supercomputer prior to the ceremony.

    Left to right: A/Prof Virginia Kilborn, Christian Derrick, Bob Davis, Luke Rasborsek, Constance Kordell.


    August 2013 Graduation

    Four SAO graduates attended the August 2013 graduation ceremony: Errol Malta, Trevor Leaman, Mervyn Millward and Jim Shanks. Trevor and Jeff and family visited Swinburne for a short AstroTour and visited the Supercomputer prior to the ceremony.

    Left to right: Jim Shanks, Trevor Leaman and Mervyn Millward.


    March 2013 Graduation

    Six SAO graduates attended the March 2013 graduation ceremony: Len Dobbin, Ken Davis, Kathryne Hughes, Clare Kenyon, John Lyes and Stephen Wilkinson. Paul Feldstein from Sacremento, CA planned to attend but was unable to at the last minute. Len and Ken visited Swinburne for a short AstroTour and visited the Supercomputer prior to the ceremony.

    Left to right: John Lyes, Ken Davis, Kathryne Hughes.

    View the video of the graduation via Youtube here


    September 2012 Graduation

    Three SAO graduates attended the September 2012 graduation ceremony: Robert Yeoh, Sharon Harnett and Cristian Chavez. (A seperate graduation for those in absentee will be held in October.) Sharon and Cristian visited Swinburne for a tour of the Centre and a flight through the universe prior to the ceremony.

    Left to right: Robert Yeoh, Dr Glen Mackie, Cristian Chavez, A/Prof Alister Graham and Sharon Harnett.


    March 2012 Graduation

    Four SAO graduates attended the March 2012 graduation ceremony: Jim Katsifolis, Howard McLaughlin, Therese Albers and Rob Davie, all from Melbourne. This was the first of the new graduation ceremonies where only attending students can graduate. (A seperate graduation for those in absentee will be held next month.) Jim, Therese and Rob visited Swinburne for a tour of the Centre and a flight through the universe prior to the ceremony (Howard was running a little late!).

    Left to right: Dr Chris Fluke, Therese Albers, Jim Katsifolis, Howard McLaughlin and A/Prof Alister Graham.


    August 2011 Graduation

    Two SAO graduates attended the August 2011 graduation ceremony: Phil Weber from the USA and Alan Ross from Victoria. Prior to the ceremony Phil and his family visited CAS, saw our VR Theatre, toured our supercomputer and met Sarah and Glen.


    March 2011 Graduation

    Five SAO graduates attended the March 2011 graduation ceremony: Amanda Ryan from Ireland, Lynn van Rooijen-McCullough from the Netherlands, Warwick Hooke from Sydney, Peter Hart from Melbourne, and Frederic Delstanches from the USA. This was our first graduation ceremony at the Melbourne Convention Centre, so after the ceremony we had lunch in the city at a resturant in Southbank. After lunch we trekked back to Swinburne and had a tour of the Centre and a flight through the universe.

    Master Warwick Hooke, Sarah, and Masters Amanda Ryan, Lynn van Rooijen-McCullough and Fred Delstanches (Peter was hiding!)


    October 2010 Graduation

    One SAO graduate attended the October 2010 graduation ceremony: Fernando Lopez Blanco from Spain. Fernando and his wife Julia, along with Dr Lee Spitler (CAS PhD graduate) and partner Anna, along with Sarah and Glen and other CAS staff and students enjoyed a celebratory lunch at a nearby restaurant.

    Chris Fluke and Glen Mackie (back row).
    Fernando Lopez Blanco, Sarah Maddison, Lee Spitler (front row). Photo: Glen Mackie.


    April 2010 Graduation

    Six SAO graduates attended the April 2010 graduation ceremony: Livio Fasiani from Italy, Pekka Rautajoki from Finland, Kevin Sweeney from Ireland, Matt Walkington from New Zealand, and Nancy Torry and Barry Clark from Australia. All six visited the Centre prior to the ceremony, and after the ceremony the graduates (minus Nancy) and their families, along with Glen and Sarah, enjoyed a delicious Greek meal and Australian wine.

    Pekka Rautajoki, Chris Fluke and Glen Mackie (back row).
    Barry Clarke, Livio Fasiani and Nancy Torry (middle row).
    Matt Walkington and Sarah Maddison (front row). Photo: Robin Walkington.


    December 2009 Graduation

    Two SAO graduates attended the international graduation in December 2009: Raymond Auclair from Canada and Keng Yin Fong from Malaysia. Both visited the Centre, along with family members, prior to the ceremony.

    Master Keng Yin Fong and Master Raymond Auclair.


    October 2009 Graduation

    Four SAO graduates attended the October 2009 graduation ceremony: John Field and Marilyn Head from New Zealand, Andrew Maddingly from Sydney, and Martin Azzopardi from Melbourne. All four visited the Centre prior to the ceremony, and after the graduation John, Marilyn and their families, along with Glen and Sarah, all went out for a delicious Greek meal.

    John Field, Master Martin Azzopardi and Dr Glen Mackie (top row)
    Master Marilyn Head and Dr Sarah Maddison (bottom row). Photo: Vivienne Field.


    March 2009 Graduation

    Two SAO graduates attended the March 2009 graduation ceremony: Steve Heaton from Gorokan, New South Wales, and Stewart Southam from Melbourne. There were also three astronmy PhDs awarded that day to people who may have been your project supervisors! These were Dr Tim Connors, Dr Adam Deller and SAO alumni Dr Emil Lenc. Steve and Stewart visited the Centre prior to the ceremony, and after the graduation they and their familes, along with Glen, Sarah and Tim Connors, all went out for a delicious Greek meal.

    Master Steve Heaton and Dr Tim Connors Dr Emil Lenc and Master Stewart Southam


    December 2008 Graduation

    One graduate came to the international graduation ceremony in December 2008 - David Kiefer of Brooklyn, NYC, USA. David and his wife visited the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing then left on a months visit around eastern Australia.

    Master David Kiefer. ... and his Andromeda tatoo!


    October 2008 Graduation

    Three graduates attended the October 2008 graduation ceremony: Chris Lindemann of Adelaide, South Australia; Matthew Robinson of Perth, Western Australia; Simon Turner of Melbourne, Victoria.

    From left to right: Chris Lindemann, Matthew Robinson and Simon Turner.


    March 2008 Graduation

    Eight graduates attended the March 2008 graduation ceremony: Graeme Knight of Strathdale, Victoria; Lawrence Toomey, Sydney, NSW; Marion Martin, Melbourne, Victoria; Sheridan Lacey, Melbourne, Victoria; Julian Foster, Sydney, NSW; Mike McDowell, Sydney, NSW; Albert White, Dulbin, Ireland; Richard Fell-Marston, Lisarow, NSW.

    Bottom row from left to right: Julian Foster, Sheridan Lacey, Prof Matthew Bailes.
    Second row L to R: Dr Sarah Maddison, Marion Martin.
    Third row L to R: Lawrence Toomey, Graeme Knight.
    Top row: Dr Glen Mackie, Dr Chris Fluke, Mike McDowell, Albert White, Richard Fell-Marston.


    December 2007 Graduation

    Just one graduate came to Melbourne to SAO's inaugural participation in the international graduation ceremony in December 2007 - Eduardo Manuel Alvarez. Eduardo and his wife visited the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing for a tour of the Centre and a lovelyl Thai lunch with Sarah and Glen.

    From Left to Right: Dr Sarah Maddison, Master Eduardo Manuel Alvarez and Dr Glen Mackie.


    October 2007 Graduation

    Two graduates came to Melbourne to attend the October 2007 graduation ceremony - Nancy Torry and Elizabeth Winters. Graduates and their families visited the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing for a tour of the Centre.

    From Left to Right: Elizabeth Winters, Dr Chris Fluke and Nancy Torry


    March 2007 Graduation

    Three graduates came to Melbourne to attend the graduation ceremony - David Hall from Canberra, David Burton from South Australia and Huseyin Topuz from Turkey. Graduates and their families visited the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing afterwards for a tour of the Centre. They visited the supercomputer and took a 3D flight through the Universe in our Virtual Reality theatre. Then followed drinks at the Glenferrie Hotel and an SAO celebratory dinner at a Himalayan restaurant.

    From Left to Right: Huseyin Topuz (Turkey) and
    David Hall (Australia). Photo: Ayse Topuz


    October 2006 Graduation

    Four graduates came to Melbourne to attend the graduation ceremony - Richard Heggie from Sydney, Tim Hunter from the USA, Christophe Lienhard from France, and Brett Hawton from South Africa.

    From Left to Right: Dr Glen Mackie (SAO), Master Brett Hawton (South Africa), Master Tim Hunter (USA), Dr Sarah Maddison (SAO), Master Christophe Lienhard (France) and Master Richard Heggie (Australia). Photo: Carol Hunter


    March 2005 Graduation

    This was our largest gathering of graduates in SAO history, with 8 graduates attending the ceremony. these included: Trevor Barry, Gordon Briggs, Phil Evans, Brian Irven, Ari Hypponen, Margaret Turner, Vinh-Dieu Lam and Brian Crowley. To join the celebrations, SAO alumni Emil Lenc and Jan Barker also attended the dinner. (Note that Sarah was 7.5 months pregnant and is not normally so large!)

    Back Row: Trevor Barry (NSW, Australia), Gordon Briggs (ACT, Australia), Phil Evans (Cook Islands), Brian Irven (Vermont, USA), Ari Hypponen (Finland), Glen Mackie (SAO). Front Row: Sarah Maddison (SAO), Margaret Turner (NSW, Australia), Vinh-Dieu Lam (NSW, Australia), Brian Crowley (NSW, Australia), Chris Fluke (SAO). Photo: Jan Barker


    March 2004 Graduation

    Three graduates attended the March 2004 graduation ceremony - Emil Lenc, Jan Barker and Terence Dougherty.

    From Left to Right: Master Terence Dougherty (Australia), Dr Sarah Maddison (SAO), Master Emil Lenc (Australia), Dr Margaret Mazzolini (SAO) and Master Jan Barker (Australia). Photo: Wendy Lenc
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