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2010 Convocation Student Speakers

June 10, 2010

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Simon Fraser University will confer degrees on more than 3,600 students at the Burnaby campus June 15–18 during seven convocation ceremonies, each featuring a graduating student speaker.









Isaac Nelson
Tuesday, June 15, 2:30 pm


ISAAC NELSON, BBA, FINANCE
After years in the fi lm industry, Nelson enrolled as a mature student in 2005 at SFU’s then-new Surrey campus. He graduates with a wealth of “wonderful memories” and “life-long friendships.” Nelson was involved in the SFU international exchange program, the co-op program and numerous clubs, open houses and campus activities.
Gwen Eadie
Wednesday, June 16, 9:45 am


GWEN EADIE, B.SC., PHYSICS
Eadie began in the arts but later switched her major to physics, spurred by a life-long passion for astronomy. That passion also led her to form SFU’s student astronomy club, now numbering some 400 students, and help run the Starry Nights @ SFU outreach program, which in 2009 attracted more than 3,500 members of the public.
Kevin Harding
Wednesday, June 16, 2:30 pm

KEVIN HARDING, BA (HONOURS), POLITICAL SCIENCE
Harding is the first in his family to earn a university degree. He was also a student representative on SFU’s senate and board of governors and had various labour studies student union positions. Harding believes the Class of 2010 must “take the university’s motto past its unfi nished status: we need to be thinking of the world—and changing it.”
Anish Singh
Thursday, June 17, 9:45 am

ANISH SINGH, BA, ENGLISH
Singh is the fi rst student to complete SFU’s new world literature program. He has been actively involved with the campus and wider community helping out at various university events and volunteering as a high school teaching assistant. He plans to complete SFU’s professional development program and become a teacher.
Melinda Lee
Thursday, June 17, 2:30 pm

MELINDA LEE, BA, PSYCHOLOGY
Lee is now working in SFU student recruitment with future plans for a career developing rehab treatment programs in corrections. She says campus volunteering and working was “the best thing I could have done.” She volunteered as an orientation leader, with the LEAD program and the arts and social sciences faculty, as a Student Central ambassador and as a campus tour guide. She also promoted the U-Life website and helped develop a peer advising-mentoring program.
Xiaoyuan (Vivian) Xu
Friday, June 18, 9:45 am


XIAOYUAN (VIVIAN) XU, B.SC., COMPUTING SCIENCE
Xu is among the fi rst Chinese students to graduate from SFU’s unique dual-degree program (see related article) offered jointly with China’s Zhejiang University (ZU). She had the highest grade-point average in the program, earning a 3.92 out of 4.00 at ZU and 4.12 out of 4.33 at SFU. She has job with Microsoft and hopes to remain in North America.
Adam Brayford
Friday, June 18, 2:30 pm

ADAM BRAYFORD, BA, COMMUNICATION
Brayford is now is now staff communications and marketing coordinator for SFU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit. His academic life at SFU as “a whirlwind of fun, study, working, volunteering and friendship.” He was an SFU rowing team member, an outreach coordinator, an orientation leader and the coordinator of an acclaimed School of Communication promotional video.

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