The University of the Sunshine Coast will award an Honorary Doctorate to family violence awareness campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty at a special celebration in Gympie tomorrow (Friday 5 May).
The event at the Gympie Civic Centre from 4-5pm will include a free public address by Ms Batty who will speak about her personal story and her campaign to drive attitudinal, cultural and systemic change in Australia to reduce violence.
The ceremony will feature plenty of pomp and ceremony, with University academics dressing in full regalia for the occasion.
Ms Batty was named the 2015 Australian of the Year for her tireless advocacy for family violence prevention after her 11-year-old son Luke was killed by his father in February 2014.
During 2015, she attended about 250 conferences and addressed 70,000 people.
Earlier this week, Ms Batty attended the Red Rose Foundation's annual candlelit vigil in Brisbane for victims of domestic violence.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the Honorary Doctorate would recognise Ms Batty’s inspirational work in shaping the way Australia views family violence and the policies of governments to address it.
“Rosie Batty is a wonderful and sincere communicator who has been able to place domestic violence on the national conscience,” he said. “Through sharing her personal tragedy she's empowered countless individuals and communities to share their stories and talk about creating a better society.”
Seats are still available for the Gympie ceremony. To register, go to www.usc.edu.au/rosie-batty