Convocation

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

June 23, 2021
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Congratulations to the class of 2021! Although we are not be able to celebrate with you in person, please know that our faculty and staff are proud of your achievements and are grateful to have been part of your journey at SFU. Wishing you all the best with your future endeavors!

We would also like to acknowledge the oustanding accomplishments of the Convocation award winners from the Psychology department, featured below.

Governor General's Gold Medal

Patricia I. Coburn, PhD

The Governor General’s Gold Medals are awarded to the top two graduate students who are judged to have the most outstanding records in the graduating class.

Coming to SFU in 2011 to undertake her master’s studies in law and forensic psychology, Patricia Coburn stayed to complete her PhD in the same discipline, graduating with top honours. Coburn’s doctoral thesis, The Effects of Cross-Examination on Children's Reports, revealed the adverse effects of cross-examination on children’s accuracy and consistency in testifying, particularly if the children have experienced repeated or multiple events of trauma and abuse. Coburn is currently a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she continues to conduct research on memory and issues related to vulnerable witnesses.

Governor General's Silver Medal

Jennifer Krentz, BA Hons in Psychology

Awarded to the two undergraduate students judged to have the most outstanding records in the graduating class.

Jennifer Krentz graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in criminology. During her time at SFU, she volunteered as a research assistant in several psychology labs and recently served as the SFU undergraduate representative of the Canadian Psychological Association. Her thesis examined the inclusion of risk and protective factors in forensic reports. It earned several awards, including second place for the Best Undergraduate Paper Award from the American-Psychology Law Society and the Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence.

FASS 2021 Virtual Celebration - Thursday June 24

We invite you, your family and loved ones to join us for FASS Virtual Celebration B on Thursday June 24 at 5:15 PM PST! FASS will be holding a pre-ceremony online celebration to celebrate graduands from Psychology, Criminology and Applied Legal Studies.

You'll be joined by host Deb Connolly (Psychology Chair), David McAlister (Criminology Chair), Ekin Buran (SFU undergrad student speaker), Harveer Ladhar (SFU Alumni Association board director), FASS faculty and staff, and your fellow graduands!

Register now here.

Following the FASS Faculty Celebration, you will be able to watch the Convocation Ceremony for the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (Applied Legal Studies, Criminology, and Psychology) on SFU's official YouTube Channel here. For the full Convocation schedule, click here.

Share your Convocation story with #MySFUPsycGrad!

Share your Conovocation moment by tagging your photos, videos and stories with #MySFUPsycGrad and #MySFUGrad!

Celebrate your Convocation day with a variety of virtual celebration tools including an SFU cap and gown Instagram and Facebook filter, print-at-home celebration signs, zoom backgrounds and photo stickers and frames! Download the Convocation Virtual Celebration Toolkit here.

Be sure to also follow us on Instagram for more Conovcation stories and view Psychology grad Natasha Usenko's virtual graduation celebration on our Instagram stories.