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SFU Spring Convocation set for June 14-17

June 02, 2011

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.4323/9017;

Simon Fraser University will officially install its 10th Chancellor – former broadcaster, politician and business leader Carole Taylor – during its spring Convocation ceremonies June 14-17.

Taylor’s installation, to be held during the final ceremony on Friday, June 17, culminates three days and six ceremonies that will celebrate the achievements of the more than 4,200 students eligible to graduate this spring.

Six distinguished individuals – from celebrated songstress Sarah McLachlan to Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk – will also be recognized with honorary degrees.

The first ceremony will be held in the afternoon, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. After that, ceremonies will begin at 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. They’ll recognize students from all eight faculties:

June 14, 2:30 p.m. Beedie School of Business
June 15, 9:45 a.m. Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology; Faculty of Science
June 15, 2:30 p.m. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
June 16, 9:45 p.m. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
June 16, 2:30 p.m. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
June 17, 9:45 a.m. Faculty of Applied Sciences; Faculty of Environment
June 17, 2:30 p.m. Faculty of Education; Faculty of Health Sciences

Honorary degrees will be conferred at the start of the ceremonies:

George Cohon, founder of McDonald’s Restaurants in Canada and Russia, and creator of Ronald McDonald House Charities in both countries, will be recognized on June 14 (2:30 p.m.).

Sarah McLachlan, a Grammy and Juno award winning Vancouver musician and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk will highlight ceremonies on Wednesday, at the 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ceremonies respectively.

On Thursday Ray Spaxman, former director of planning for the city of Vancouver, and Brian Williams, veteran sportscaster and Olympic commentator will be recognized (Spaxman at 9:45 a.m. and Williams at 2:30 p.m.)

Pavel Pevzner, a pioneer in the field of computational molecular biology takes the stage Friday morning, while in the afternoon, Taylor will take the pledge of office during the investiture ceremony to become SFU’s next chancellor.


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