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General CosgroveGeneral Peter Cosgrove AC MC

Australian General awarded University's highest honour

Over 240 students graduated this week at ACU's Spring Graduation Ceremony held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

During the ceremony, immediate former chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, AC, MC was awarded the University's highest honour, Doctor of the University.

A Companion of Australia recipient, General Cosgrove served in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross, and more recently in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.

He was a major contributor to the restoration of Darwin after Cyclone Tracy in 1974.  In East Timor, he led the UN taskforce that restored order to the territory in September 1999. He was also involved in the rebuilding of the Indonesian province of Aceh after the 2004 tsunami.

In 2001, General Cosgrove was named Australian of the Year.

Vice-Chancellor of ACU, Professor Greg Craven, said General Cosgrove had demonstrated outstanding leadership, care of the men and women under his command and a cultural awareness of the lives of others.