Image: Foundation CEO Annemarie Rolls with Director of Operations and Donor Engagement Bianca Moore in front of the painting of General Sir John Monash at Graduate House.
On 14th March, Annemarie and Bianca made a visit to Graduate House, located in the heart of Melbourne University’s graduate precinct in Parkville. They were warmly welcomed by CEO/Head of College Dr Kerry Bennett, and led on a tour of the residential college.
Dr Bennett shared her deep knowledge of how Graduate House was founded, and we were fascinated to learn that our organisations share a similar founding ethos. Sir John Monash become the Graduates Association’s first Chairman on 14th July, 1911. Women and men of different ages, disciplines and nationalities met at Graduate House to keep alive their university experience and resolved to support new graduates in the transition from study to careers and lifelong learning.
Graduate House is a residential college of The Graduate Union and was the first graduate-only college established in Melbourne over 100 years ago with The University of Melbourne. The House and Union together form a charity and NFP membership association.
The Graduate Union’s commitment to bring together graduates in an active international membership network and provide a meeting place for the advancement of education, lifelong learning, social good and global influence, shares wonderful synergies with the mission of our Foundation.
It was a delightful visit, made all the more special by the friendly and welcoming staff we met during our time there. We look forward to developing a closer relationship with The Graduate Union and exploring opportunities for our Scholars to convene at Graduate House for networking and social events.