Descriptions of Ceremonies and Events at SFU

President's Alumni + Friends Receptions

As part of SFU's commitment to keep in touch with its graduates, the Alumni Relations Office and Ceremonies and Events staff work together to create events to give alumni living in British Columbia, Canada and other countries the opportunity to gather to hear updates and news from SFU.  Attended by the President and/or other senior University administrators, these events are held in locations in which there are significant numbers of alumni. 

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SFU Alumni Association AGM

The Alumni Annual Gathering and General Meeting (AAGGM) is a signature event of the Alumni Association of SFU.  Generally held in May, the event provides alumni with the opportunity to vote for their Board of Directors and to learn of the activities of the Alumni Association over the past year.  Following the relatively brief AGM and elections process, a guest speaker is invited to speak on a topic related to the social gathering that follows.  Past AAGGM's have featured a wine tasting event and in 2007, a film screening featuring shorts by SFU students and alumni.

Donor Appreciation Reception

Every year, annual donors and planned giving donors are invited to a reception at the SFU Burnaby campus to meet and mingle. This is an opportunity for donors to get an update from the university and hear how their contributions impact students and the community. 



Convocation Ceremonies (Spring and Fall)

Spring Convocation (eight ceremonies) is normally held the second week in June, Tuesday through Friday, while Fall Convocation (four ceremonies) is normally the Thursday and Friday prior to the Thanksgiving long weekend in October.

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Convocation Appreciation Breakfast

This annual event, held after Fall Convocation is an opportunity for the President and Chancellor to thank the many faculty and staff members who work together to make Convocation a success. The team includes: A/V Services, Campus Security, Ceremonies and Events Office, Diamond Alumni Centre, Dining ServicesDocument SolutionsFacilities Management, faculty marshals, The Learning Centre, Parking Services, University CommunicationsSFU Pipe Band, Student Services and their many volunteers from across all campuses, student ushers and the VPs and Deans.

Distinguished Community Leadership Awards

Because leadership is central to Simon Fraser University's composition and mission, the President publicly recognizes community leaders whose service and accomplishments are exemplary. He does so through the President's Distinguished Community Leadership Award.

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Diwali Celebration

Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated throughout India and around the world. SFU’s President hosts a celebration at SFU Surrey featuring South Asian performances and cuisine. The objective is to celebrate SFU’s accomplishments in our India Strategy and growing relations with the Indo-Canadian Community in BC and to support student mobility scholarships which offer SFU Students an opportunity to gain valuable experience by working and volunteering in cities and villages throughout India.

Outstanding Alumni Awards

Each year, Simon Fraser University and the SFU Alumni Association honour its most accomplished graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards. These graduates are nominated by alumni, faculty, staff, students, and SFU's many friends in the community. In addition, the Alumni Association honours one student per year with a $2000 Outstanding Student Leadership Award. Since the awards were first introduced in 1983, the Outstanding Alumni Awards event has become one of SFU's most celebrated traditions.

President's Annual SFU Surrey Gala Dinner

Simon Fraser University hosts this annual event to thank the community for its support and to provide an update on SFU Surrey’s latest activities and achievements.  Proceeds go to the SFU Surrey Close to Home Awards Endowment Fund.


President's Seasonal Reception

This event is an opportunity for the President and University to thank SFU donors and supporters for their contributions and to celebrate the University’s achievements in the year. For the past four years the event has been held at the Segal Graduate School of Business.


SFU Awards Dinner

The SFU Awards Dinner brings together faculty, staff, select students and community members who have been the recipients of prestigious awards and honours in the previous years. Held at the Diamond Alumni Centre, this event is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the very best of SFU.