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Celebrate SFU's Fall 2021 Convocation

September 28, 2021

In the lead-up to our Fall 2021 Convocation, we'll be sharing stories from across our eight faculties about some of our amazing graduands.

SFU’s Fall 2021 Convocation will be held Oct. 5-8. It will be the university’s first in-person convocation since 2019. The ceremonies will be webcast on SFU’s YouTube channel for those wanting to join in from home and around the world. For more information about SFU’s Fall 2021 Convocation, visit

Be sure to share your convocation experience on social media by using the #MySFUGrad hashtag.

“Chen kwenmentumi kwis nexníẃ – I am truly grateful for the teachings”: SFU Skwxwú7mesh Úxwimixw MEd cohort ready to impact future generations

Oct. 8, 2021

Indigenous student Chérie Baker, of Skwxwú7mesh Úxwimixw (Squamish Nation), entered the field of education as a result of the significant impact and trauma endured by her family as a result of the residential school system.

FCAT Fall 2021 Convocation: Looking Back

Oct. 7, 2021

We called on two of this year’s Fall 2021 FCAT graduates to reflect on their experiences as university students and how it feels to graduate.

Life-long learner earns degree from SFU archaeology

Oct. 6, 2021

At 73, Terry McLean returned to university to finish his Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology at SFU.

SFU PhD grad’s research in particle physics sheds light on universe's building blocks

Oct. 6, 2021

Seeking answers to fundamental questions about the universe is what motivated Etienne Dreyer in his graduate research.

Meet the FAS graduands of October 2021 Convocation

Oct. 5, 2021

Meet some of our amazing students who are graduating from the Faculty of Applied Sciences from our October 2021 convocation.

SFU PhD grad poised to advise US jurisdictions on civilian police oversight

Oct. 5, 2021

2021 is a year of firsts for BC’s former chief civilian director of the Independent Investigations Office Richard Rosenthal  ̶  he’s earned his PhD in criminology, become certified as a fire truck operator, gotten engaged, and begun his new consulting career to help establish civilian oversight offices in the U.S.

Science student graduates after an eight-year hiatus and a change of heart

Oct. 4, 2021

Mandy Yip was only three courses away from completing her degree at SFU when personal circumstances forced her to drop her studies. The former French major returned to SFU eight years later and will graduate with both a bachelor of science degree and a certificate in genomics.

Psychology student Jennifer Chou carves out path through passion for student engagement and community

Oct. 1, 2021

SFU Psychology graduand and FASS convocation speaker Jennifer Chou reflects on the impact that student engagement has had on both her academic life and future career.

Political science grad, Janmie Gunawardena is taking on chances and finding the big picture

Oct. 1, 2021

FASS convocation speaker and political science grad Janmie Gunawardena’s passion for policy, openness to new experiences, and interest in community engagement define her time at SFU.

Economics PhD graduate builds community through knowledge sharing

Oct. 1, 2021

After 6 years of balancing his commitments as a father, PhD student and a TA, Department of Economics PhD student Farouk Abdul-Salam will cross the Convocation stage on Oct. 5 and embark on his new career as an economist with Amazon.

Those sides of me and who I am: Honours student’s profound literary discovery and ambitions pushed to the limit

Oct. 1, 2021

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduand and convocation speaker Mizuki Giffin shares her story of self-discovery, involvement, and the importance of self-care. 

SFU Beedie undergraduate overcame challenges to complete degree and launch HR career

Sept. 29, 2021

Allyson Spence, who will receive her BBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management, overcame a range of challenges to successfully complete her degree.

Health, culture, creative and human rights leaders awarded SFU honorary degrees

Sept. 28, 2021

SFU is celebrating four outstanding individuals who will receive an honorary degree during the Fall 2021 Convocation.

Compassionate FHS graduand engages with children’s health community

Sept. 24, 2021

Faculty of Health Sciences graduand Simran Lail worked with children diagnosed with autism as a behavioural interventionist with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development.