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Hannah Gadsby’s Graduation Address and honorary doctorate

Hannah Gadsby in ceremonial robes

The University of Tasmania has awarded internationally renowned comedian, writer and actor Hannah Gadsby an honorary doctorate in recognition of her role as an ambassador for all LGBTIQ+ people worldwide.

Dr Gadsby has had a profound impact on contemporary popular culture, entertaining audiences across the world and asking them to think deeply about the trauma that comes from not being accepted for who you are. Dr Gadsby grew up in Smithton in north-west Tasmania, a young gay woman with autism in a place where homosexuality was illegal and the LGBTIQ+ community was persecuted.

In awarding the Doctorate of Letters honoris causa, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, said that in all her work, Dr Gadsby was intent on helping to humanise the human race, helping all of us to acknowledge painful truths while never giving up on the possibility of healing.

To hear Dr Gadsby’s inspiring Graduation Address, click here.

Photo credits: Peter Allen

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Published on: 08 Sep 2021 3:31pm