Cate Blanchett receives honorary doctorate from Macquarie University

25 September 2014

Actor Cate Blanchett has received a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from Macquarie University today, recognising her extraordinary contribution to the arts, philanthropy and the community.

The award was presented to Blanchett in a morning graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Human Sciences.

“It is a privilege to be addressed by one of the world’s greatest actors this graduation day,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor S. Bruce Dowton.

“Many of the students graduating today will feel great affection for Cate Blanchett, having grown up watching her in some of the most iconic films of their childhood and adolescence, and benefitting from her many contributions to our national conversation.”

Chancellor, The Hon Michael Egan, with Cate Blanchett

Chancellor, The Hon Michael Egan, with Dr Cate Blanchett

Born in Melbourne, Blanchett graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1992. She appeared in several Sydney Theatre Company productions and Australian TV shows, before making her international film debut in 1997 with her role in Paradise Road.

In her career across stage and screen, Blanchett has received numerous film and theatre awards including two Academy Awards, three Baftas and three Golden Globe awards. She has also been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister for Culture.  She served as Co-Artistic Director and CEO of the Sydney Theatre Company from 2008-2013, alongside Andrew Upton.

Blanchett’s stage roles include The Maids, Hedda Gabler, The Wars of The Roses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya and Gross und Klein. In film, her work includes Blue Jasmine, Elizabeth, The Golden Age, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Aviator; I’m Not There, Notes on a Scandal, Robin Hood, Hanna, Veronica Guerin, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

Blanchett received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2007 was named one of 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine.

A Patron of the Sydney Film Festival, Blanchett is also an Ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Film Institute. She holds honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from the University of NSW and the University of Sydney, and is the mother of three boys.

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Cate Blanchett receives an honorary doctorate from Macquarie University. Photo: Graduation Photography

Cate Blanchett receives an honorary doctorate from Macquarie University. Photo: Graduation Photography

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