Celebrating 50 Years
Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 mark Simon Fraser University's 50th Convocation! Watch SFU's 50th class make a visually stunning procession across the reflecting pond and down the grand stairway to Convocation Mall in October and June.
This fall, SFU’s charter alumni will be recognized and honorary degrees will be presented to extraordinary cutting-edge researchers, mentors and leaders: Sut Jhally, a prolific filmmaker and author; Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” a scientist and educator; Harry Gray, a prize-winning chemist; and Nancy Turner, an acclaimed ethnobotanist and ethnoecologist. More details about Spring 2016 to follow.
Simon Fraser University holds 12 colourful Convocation ceremonies at its Burnaby campus each year. These ceremonies include the conferring of academic degrees as well as honorary degrees and feature the visually stunning procession of graduands, faculty and dignitaries across the reflecting pond and down the grand stairway to Convocation Mall led by the world class SFU pipe band.
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. All ceremonies, which last about two to three hours, take place outdoors on the Convocation Mall. The Mall is covered, but open at both ends. It is quite common for the weather to be cool and breezy, so guests should remember to dress accordingly.