The University Senior College graduating class of 2013, held their Graduation on Thursday 5th December at Elder Hall on The University of Adelaide Campus.

Mr Noby Leong (Class of 2006) kindly consented to be the guest speaker, with Claudia Davey and Aidan Singh Howard hosting the proceedings of the evening.

Student Highlights 2013

A selection of images from the evening are previwed below. If you are from the class of 2013 and would like a copy of the images please email

Throughout the year, subject groups have engaged in a series of special activities, workshops and presentations on and adjacent to the university campus. The following list is not exhaustive but it does provide a snapshot of the diversity and quality of these activities:


Accounting                  Staff and students were invited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants to attend a formal dinner presentation – ‘Food for Thought’. Speakers gave an insight into many career opportunities.

Art                               Students worked in wax and collage with local artist Kathryn Hill, a member of the Adelaide T’Arts Collective. In May, Visual Arts students met with Nathan Crowne, Temple University’s Tokyo campus, and gained insights into opportunities overseas. Students were privileged to visit the Turner Exhibition at the Art Gallery, the Waterhouse Exhibition at the Museum and in term 3 they worked with distinguished Adelaide printmaker, Chris DeRosa.

Biology                        Physiology and Microscopy workshops. Regular visits to the Botanical Gardens and the Royal Adelaide Zoo.

Chemistry                    Matthew Bull, Technical Officer at the University of Adelaide’s Johnson Laboratories conducted a tour for all Year 12 Chemistry students and explained a variety of analytical techniques including gas chromatography, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

Classical & Ancient Studies        Visit to the Museum of Classical Archaeology and attendance at the annual Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens lecture. Study of Greco-Roman classical architecture along the North Terrace Boulevard. Unparalleled access to Barr Smith collection for research. 

Design                         Students visited the SACE Design Exhibition; Russell Leonard’s Textile Design Studio and met with designers at the Jam Factory.

Drama                         Material support and technical advice provided to the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild to enhance our professional relationship.

English                        Dr Peter Goldsworthy has been described in A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry as “one of the most skilled and satisfying poets in Australia”. Year 12 English Studies students had the good fortune to hear from Dr Goldsworthy about the art of creative writing.

English Communications           During first term students enjoyed a lecture presented by Russell Schrale, National Sales and Marketing Officer for Oxfam Trading. The focus of the talk was on market segmentation and the power of branding.

Economics                  Through the generosity of Dr Michael O’Neale, our Year 12 students were guests at two business lunches arranged by the SA Centre of Economic Studies. One meeting was addressed by Professor Gary Banks AO and Professor Gary Sturgess AO. Students also attended an insightful Macro Economics lecture with undergraduates and a Reserve Bank meeting.

Geography                  Visit to the SA Museum to view the Australasian Antarctic Expedition exhibit celebrating the centenary of the work by Sir Douglas Mawson. Students engaged in a variety of activities through field trips in the immediate vicinity of the school including River Torrens precinct, Rymill Park, Bicentennial Conservatory and the Botanical Gardens.

History                         North Terrace commemorative plaques historic walk, State Library collections and Migration Museum.

Legal Studies              During third term students visited the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts. Students staged a Mock Trial in the old Supreme Court Building. A ‘Meet the Experts’ session was held in the Sturt Street Court and students had an opportunity to talk with the Chief Justice. Senior Constable Chris Lanchester provided insights into policy and practice in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands in far north-west SA. A visit from Professor Kent Anderson provided an opportunity to explore the meaning of law in our society.

Mathematics               During August our Mathematical Applications students received a Financial Literacy presentation from Travis Hobbs, a facilitator with the StartSmart program promoted by the Commonwealth Bank.

Politics                         Dr Dean Jaensch, Dr Michael Wilmore and Mark Parnell MLC gave time to speak with students through the year. Visits were also conducted to Parliament House, the Migration Museum and collections in the State Library.

Physics                        Students visited the fibre optics research facilities associated with the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing.

Psychology                  Beth Thorpe (‘07) conducted a research project with students regarding the impact of ‘perfectionism’ upon academic performance.

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