Awards and Honours

May 29, 2003, vol. 27, no. 3
By Diane Luckow

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As SFU continues to expand its campus and its programs, this spring's convocation ceremonies mark a number of firsts, including the first graduating class from the new SFU Surrey campus, the first graduands to have participated in a new undergraduate semester in dialogue, and the first time that SFU has granted an honorary doctorate of fine arts.

More than 2,600 SFU graduands will cross the podium during six ceremonies over three days, June 4-6. At the same time, SFU will acknowledge five outstanding Canadians with honorary degrees.

For each of the ceremonies, the SFU pipeband will accompany the colourful procession of graduands past the reflecting pond and down the steps to convocation mall.

The Wednesday morning ceremony June 4 at 9:45 a.m. recognizes students graduating in the arts, including cognitive science, criminology, humanities, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and special arrangement degrees.

John Dixon (above), president of the B.C Civil Liberties association will address the graduating class and receive a doctor of laws degree.

On Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., degrees will be conferred on arts students graduating in anthropology, archaeology, Canadian studies, contemporary arts, French, geography, history, liberal studies, political science, publishing, sociology, Spanish, Latin American studies and women's studies. John Alleyne, world-renowned choreographer and the artistic director of Ballet British Columbia since 1992, will address the graduands and will also receive SFU's first doctor of fine arts degree.

During Thursday morning's ceremony (June 5), arts students in the faculties of economics, English and general studies will receive their degrees.

The Thursday morning ceremony features a speech by SFU economics professor Larry Boland, recently named a fellow of the Royal Society.

Delivering the convocation address at 2:30 p.m. will be former B.C. premier Michael Harcourt, who will also receive a doctor of laws degree, in recognition of his significant contributions to Vancouver and to B.C.

On Friday morning (June 6), Jack Kowarsky, one of B.C.'s most successful law practitioners and the current vice-chair of SFU's board of governors, will speak to students graduating from the faculty of busines administration. He will also be recognized for his leadership and volunteer work with a doctor of laws degree.

In the afternoon, George Pedersen, former SFU president from 1979-1983 and the current chancellor at University of Northern British columbia, will address students from the faculties of education and science. SFU will acknowledge his more than 50 years of educational leadership with a doctor of laws.

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