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Petter installation highlights SFU Convocation

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October 3, 2010
Simon Fraser University President Andrew Petter will be formally installed as the university’s ninth president and vice-chancellor during the morning ceremony of Fall Convocation on Thursday, Oct. 7 beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Petter will take the oath of office before Chief Justice Lance Finch at the start of the ceremony, following the traditional procession of graduands and more than 100 expected dignitaries into Convocation Mall.

SFU Chancellor Brandt Louie will invest Petter with the robes of office. Petter will give a brief speech and the ceremony will continue with the granting of degrees to Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduands.

Petter, former dean of law at the University of Victoria and former B.C. attorney general, officially began his job on Sept. 1.

Besides meetings with the campus and wider communities it has been a month of highlights: the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts opening, the announcement of nearly $1 million (from Western Economic Diversification) for new labs at SFU Surrey, an $8 million gift (from the Tula Foundation) to fund SFU students and researchers to study eco-based management on B.C.’s central coast, and the showcasing of SFU’s ties with India during a former Indian president’s visit.

Petter is also setting the stage for sweeping community involvement – both on campus and in the wider community – in the development of a new strategic vision for SFU.

“The goal of this process will be to create a strategic vision that reflects SFU’s strengths and builds on its reputation as a university that is student centred, research driven and community engaged,” says Petter, who has also begun early morning runs on campus.

On Thursday afternoon, beginning at 2:30 p.m., an honorary degree will be conferred on Pat Carney, former federal senator, MP and minister responsible for the Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations in the Mulroney government. Carney has been a strong voice for B.C. and is a role model for female politicians and an advocate for aboriginal women’s rights.

Degrees will be granted in the faculties of Applied Sciences, Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT) and Health Sciences.

Fall Convocation continues on Friday, Oct. 8, with the granting of degrees in the faculties of Business Administration and Environment during the morning ceremony, and Education and Science in the afternoon.

Nearly 3,000 students are eligible to take part in Fall Convocation ceremonies.

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