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Media Advisory: Fall Convocation Oct. 6 & 7

October 05, 2011

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.3210/9017, 604.209.5770;

More than 2,000 students are eligible to take part in Fall Convocation ceremonies at Simon Fraser University on Thursday and Friday (Oct. 6 and 7). Ceremonies are at 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on both days.

A few highlights:

  • During Convocation – the first to be presided over by new Chancellor Carole Taylor – honorary degrees will be conferred on B.C. writer William Deverell (Thursday, 9:45 a.m.), cellist Ian Hampton (Thursday, 2:30 p.m.) ecologist C.S. (Buzz) Holling (Friday, 9:45 a.m.), and former Musqueam chief Wendy Grant-John (Friday, 2:30 p.m.).
  • A Master of Science (MSc) degree will be granted posthumously to graduate student Andrew Wade, who died in a plane crash in Nepal Sept. 25.
  • Four relatives of the late Mary John Sr., a leader of the Carrier people (the inspiration for the book Stoney Creek Woman) are graduating together after completing a Master of Art Education program in Prince George. The four women are described by their teacher, associate education prof. Celeste Snowber, as “amazing leaders who continue to bring the Carrier people, language and culture to the forefront in the north.” They’ll attend Friday afternoon’s ceremony.
  • SFU Surrey’s popular Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE) program yields its first graduates – a class of 24 students – who’ll celebrate the achievement at Thursday afternoon’s ceremony. Students like Sunny Sandhu have taken their newfound knowledge beyond the first-year sumo-wrestling robot battles to such creative new heights as devising unmanned aerial vehicles, and helping to develop new clean energy systems.
  • Graduate student Sara Moghaddamjoo is the first student at SFU to earn two master’s degrees simultaneously. She linked her biomedical engineering research – a wearable device aimed at better predicting heart attacks before they happen – with a master’s degree in financial risk management from SFU’s Beedie School of Business, covering off the commercial side of the project.
  • Jude Chow wasn’t at the Stanley Cup riot but for a few months he was in the thick of it, doing a summer practicum with the Vancouver Police Department. The criminology major, who graduates with distinction on Thursday morning, carried out literature reviews on alcohol and human behavior and assisted in producing the review’s debrief questionnaire.

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