Alumni profiles

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our graduates and the contribution our alumni give to their chosen industry/profession, communities, and beyond. Our alumni community is diverse and extensive, made up of people from every age group, all walks of life and found all over the globe!

Get to know some of our alumni and read about their experiences since they left the University - Profile listing

Tell us your story

We are always interested in hearing what you've been doing since you left the University. If you'd like to share what's been happening in your life, we'd like to hear it. Please complete the Graduate Profile (dotx, 220kb) and email to

Many of our alumni have gone on to achieve great renown in their respective fields both in Australia and overseas. The following people graduated from our institution.

  • Steve Bracks - former Victorian Premier was a graduate of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education (a predecessor institution of Federation University Australia)
  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw - A pioneer of the biotechnology industry in India
  • Steve Moneghetti - runner and Olympian
  • Cyril Callister - the inventor of Vegemite was one of our SMB graduates in 1910!
  • Roger Donaldson - Hollywood film director, studied geology at SMB
  • Marcus Wills - 2006 Archibald Prize winner, studied art at the University of Ballarat (Horsham Campus)

To view further prominent alumni, check out the full list of our Distinguished Alumni whose achievements have been recognised with the presentation of an Alumni Award and the Honour Roll.

Honour roll

The honour roll celebrates the lives and achievements of past students and staff. It includes those associated with the Federation University and its predecessor institutions:

  • Ballarat School of Mines (SMB)
  • Ballarat Junior Technical School (BJTS)
  • Ballarat Technical Girls' School (BTJGS)
  • Ballarat Teachers' College (BTC)
  • State College Victoria
  • Ballarat (SCVB)
  • Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education (BIAE)
  • Ballarat College of Advanced Education (BCAE)
  • Ballarat University College (BUC)
  • Yallourn Technical School
  • Yallourn Technical College
  • Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education
  • Monash University College Gippsland
  • University of Ballarat (UB)
  • Monash University Gippsland Campus

Any former student or staff member is eligible for the honour roll, and suggestions for inclusion and further information are welcomed.

Graduate speakers

One graduate is chosen as the graduate speaker for each graduation ceremony. Copies of their speeches are always a great read. Read previous speeches.