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Shoot for the top – SFU Surrey grad speakers

June 13, 2011

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.4323/9017;

SFU Surrey grads
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Daniel Poirier, Azmina Karimi and Ada Radison have more in common than agonizing over playoff hockey. All three students from Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus will address their convocating classes next week as more than 4,200 students prepare to graduate in ceremonies held in Burnaby.

They’re among seven students selected as convocation speakers for ceremonies that will run June 14 – 17. And the theme of striving for success – whether in hockey or life – will be a big part of the message.

Poirier excelled in SFU’s World Literature program, where instructors say he distinguished himself with his high degree of creativity, intelligence and leadership.

“Once you start studying literature this way there’s really no going back,” says Poirier, who admits that the texts studied in the program are what he reads recreationally.

He is a founding co-editor of World Lit’s new magazine, Lyre, and co-editor of SFU’s Hiaspire, and his goal is to become a novelist. Poirier speaks on June 16 at 9:45 a.m.

Karimi, meanwhile spent considerable time during her studies as a mentor to junior undergraduates. Active in many SFU events, Karimi participated in an Italian field school and showed impressive leadership in SFU Surrey’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology. That culminated in a prize-winning team entry in the annual SIAT showcase.

Karimi will speak on Wednesday, June 15 at 9:45 a.m.

Nadison’s student leadership earned her the gold level in the student ambassador program at the Surrey campus, and led to a year as president of the Simon Fraser University Student Society, as well as a stint as a student senator.

Last fall she spent a semester at SFU’s field school in Greece. Nadison hopes to join the Vancouver Police Department to work in its sex crimes unit. She’ll speak on June 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Other SFU student speakers include Robyn Ashwell (arts), Jaspreet Singh (business), Phil Boutros (science) and Alexandra Wright (health sciences).

Students address convocation prior to the granting of degrees, and following addresses by the SFU chancellor, president and honorary degree recipients.

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