Landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander, philanthropist Rosalie Segal, and two-time Nobel prize nominee Theodore Maiman will be presented with honorary degrees at the June convocation.
Led by the SFU Pipe Band, more than 2,400 graduands will graduate during the June convocation ceremonies, preparing for that last step beyond the university campus and into their communities.
During the six ceremonies over three days, SFU will honour three special individuals for their outstanding contributions to B.C. and Canada: Cornelia Oberlander, Rosalie Segal and Theodore Maiman.
Two ceremonies will be held each day, June 5 to 7, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The ceremonies will recognize students graduating from the following fields of study:
Wednesday morning: arts, including cognitive science, criminology, humanities, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and special arrangement degrees. During this ceremony, Cornelia Oberlander (right) will deliver the convocation address. Oberlander is Canada's premier landscape architect, internationally celebrated for her natural and environmentally responsible public landscapes. The student speaker will be Myriam Juda, who graduates with a major in evolutionary psychology.
Wednesday afternoon: arts, including anthropology, archaeology, Canadian studies, contemporary arts, French, geography, history, Spanish and Latin American studies, political science, women's studies as well as master's programs in fine arts, liberal studies and publishing. Delivering the convocation address will be Rosalie Segal (left), who is well known and respected in B.C. for her generosity and philanthropy. For more than 20 years, she has quietly assisted dozens of SFU students with special needs. This ceremony's student speaker is political science graduand Randall Ducharme.
Thursday morning: arts, including economics, English and all bachelor of general studies degrees. Delivering the convocation address will be SFU history professor William Cleveland, who recently received an Excellence in Teaching award. The student speaker is Asia Wilson, who will graduate with a major in English.
Thursday afternoon: applied sciences. Two-time Nobel prize nominee Theodore Maiman (right), who resides in Vancouver, will deliver the convocation address. Maiman pioneered the field of photonics when he invented the world's first operational laser in 1960. The student speaker is engineering science graduand Maria Trinh.
Friday morning: business. SFU business professor Mark Wexler, a noted authority on business and ethics, will deliver the convocation address. Business graduand Scott Buchanan is the student speaker.
Friday afternoon: education and science. SFU physics professor Michael Wortis, who retires at the end of August, will present the convocation address. The student speaker is science grad Darren Bounds.