SFU Convocation October 2017
Passion fuels perseverance
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.
SFU is celebrating a significant milestone this year: reaching and surpassing 150,000 graduates.
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David Walker, 68, enjoyed an enviable career, touching down in more than 60 countries as part of his work in leading charitable organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mariela Moen arrived at SFU in the fall of 2012 with only a vague idea of what she wanted to study.
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.
SFU alumnus Zakary Zawaduk is immersed in developing policies that address Vancouver’s overdose crisis, one of B.C.’s highest-profile health epidemics.
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.
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.