University of Otago graduates should seek ''rich and
rewarding'' experiences in their respective professions, but
without the ''loss of a life'' in the process, Prof Murray
He was commenting during a graduation address to about 320
law, commerce and allied health science graduates at one of
the university's latest graduation ceremonies, at the Dunedin
Town Hall, at 1pm on Saturday.
Prof Brennan (73), an Otago medical graduate, New York cancer
surgeon, and a former president of the American College of
Surgeons, received an honorary Otago doctorate in science in
He said his post-war generation was ''homogenous in thought
and appearance; mainly male, Caucasian, unaware of Aids,
birth control or diversity'' and had been seeking
''homogeneity, security and stability''.
Remarkable changes had taken place in the past five decades.
Sociologists had advised that current graduates, part of the
millennium generation, were ''diverse in gender, race,
ethnicity, religion'' and were looking not just to practise a
profession but for ''life experience'' and fulfilment.
Prof Brennan's generation had been ''obsessed'' with work,
and had undertaken medical residencies that extended 100
hours a week, ''with little time for family or friends''.
A later generation of graduates could find this ''truly
senseless, you may rightly say''.
But he warned that ''too little investment in your own
professional future means too little reward''.
There had to be a ''way forward'' through which graduates
could achieve a ''middle ground'' by gaining ''rich and
rewarding'' experiences within their respective professions,
but without the ''loss of a life'' in the process.
Latest Otago graduates had received, as he had, the
educational ''tools to grow'' and develop, he said.
Auckland businessman Chris Mace told about 370 Otago
graduates attending a later graduation ceremony at 4pm that
their subsequent careers would have ''a profound impact on
the success and future wellbeing of our nation''.
Mr Mace, who is the chairman of Niwa, urged graduates to
''continue to develop and grow by being prepared to take on
new challenges and responsibilities''.
He had found that being prepared to take on such new
challenges and responsibility in the wider community had led
him to ''some of the most stimulating and exciting chapters''
in his life.
These had involved sport, the Antarctic, science and
research, education, and the arts, and his business career.
Mr Mace is a former chairman of the New Zealand Antarctic
Research Institute, and has supported projects in marine
science involving the University of Otago.