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SFU Convocation October 2017

October 03, 2017
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Passion fuels perseverance

Passion fuels perseverance, success and new ESL curriculum ideas for immigrants

Two years ago, Fatima Jalali-Tehrani, an American living in Dubai, encountered unexpected visa difficulties after registering at SFU to begin a master of education.

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SFU is celebrating a significant milestone this year: reaching and surpassing 150,000 graduates.

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MSE grad lands plum General Motors job

Just days after defending her master’s thesis in July, Zahra Haeri was en route to her “dream job” in Markham, Ontario.

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Grad strikes philosophy degree off long bucket list

David Walker, 68, enjoyed an enviable career, touching down in more than 60 countries as part of his work in leading charitable organizations.

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International experience sparks new career interests

Health sciences student Nicola Toffelmire graduates not only with a Master of Public Health, but with the title of Canada’s Youth Delegate to the World Health Assembly and a completed internship with the World Health Organization.

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Honorary degree recipients

During the October convocation ceremonies three exceptional individuals will receive SFU honorary degrees recognizing their outstanding achievements. They join almost 2,200 graduands eligible to convocate at the ceremonies.

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Ivan Coyote, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Thursday, October 5 | 9:45 a.m.

David Gillanders, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Friday, October 6 | 9:45 a.m.

Robert Arthur Williams, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Friday, October 6 | 2:30 p.m.

Emmeline Agassini

Student convocation speakers

Each of the four convocation ceremonies, October 5-6, will feature a student speaker who will represent their peers and reflect on their SFU education.

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Broadcaster caps success with communication degree

After 15 years as a successful broadcast journalist, Simi Sara will cross SFU’s convocation stage on Oct. 5 to receive a BA in communication.

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New PhD key to addressing business sustainability

Leaving a role in one of the world’s best-known companies to complete a PhD is an unorthodox career move, but that is exactly what Simon Pek did when he left The LEGO Group for SFU. And he has no doubt that he did the right thing.

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Computing science alumnus helps more women enter tech field

For Amyn Rajan, diversity is strength. He was taught this at a young age and saw it on a larger scale when his family emigrated from East Africa to Canada.

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Alumna heeds reconciliation’s calls to action

This October, SFU alumna Vanessa Tan sets sail aboard the Canada C3 arctic icebreaker vessel for an expedition around Haida Gwaii.

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Climbing the mountain to build a future

Six years ago, during what was a very dark point in Cheryl-Ann Henning's life, she returned to SFU in a bid to create a new future for herself and her son, Ben.

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Alumni couple builds business behemoth, gives back to community

SFU alumnus Greg Malpass spent nearly a decade in marketing and sales roles after graduating with a bachelor of business administration—and then created his own company, Traction on Demand, in 2006.

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SFU’s innovative education lays foundation for acclaimed law professor and writer

Few can claim to have as remarkable a career and education as Joel Bakan, a renowned law professor at UBC who completed law degrees from Oxford, Dalhousie and Harvard.

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Twins tackle technology together

Twin brothers Ryan and Gareth Bosley have always shared similar aspirations, so it was no surprise when the two high-school trackmates shared the leap to post-secondary school, winding up in SFU’s popular Mechatronic Systems Engineering program.

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Kinesiology major finds campus engagement key to success

Mariela Moen arrived at SFU in the fall of 2012 with only a vague idea of what she wanted to study.

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Co-op experience pays career dividends

Take every opportunity to gain industry experience before you graduate. That’s Kelly Furey’s advice for students who are looking for a competitive edge in the job market.

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Degrees help artist draw attention to public issues

Since graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts in the late 90’s, Charlene Vickers has gone on to paint herself a vibrant career.

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Master of Public Health alumnus helps address Vancouver overdose crisis

SFU alumnus Zakary Zawaduk is immersed in developing policies that address Vancouver’s overdose crisis, one of B.C.’s highest-profile health epidemics.

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Twin master degrees help pioneer a new path to developing business sustainability

For Esther Speck, vp of global sustainability at lululemon athletica, the key attribute driving her to the top of her profession in a pioneering leadership role is the willingness to take a risk.

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Alumni couple brings engagement spirit to SFU Alumni Association in Hong Kong

SFU alumni couple Macy Lau and Jack Ng revived Hong Kong’s SFU Alumni Association six years ago to engage more effectively with the city’s 2,500 alumni.

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Venture Connection client competes in the big leagues

SFU alumnus Cliff Mander launched his company, CKM Sports Management Ltd., while still a psychology student at SFU seven years ago.

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