Congratulations graduands!

Chancellor's message

Welcome to SFU’s June 2022 Convocation Ceremony! It is wonderful to mark this important milestone with you.

When I was in university, I majored in history. And I found that my studies helped give me a sense of perspective. While our world faces enormous challenges, we have also come a long way—and you, the Class of 2022, reflect so much about what is changing for the better. SFU is a more inclusive, sustainable, innovative university because of you. Thank you for your creative ideas, your passion for learning, and your drive to make this university—and our world—a better place.

Together, you wrote an incredible chapter in SFU’s story. Now it’s time for you to join our community of SFU alumni and write new chapters in business, engineering, science, healthcare, education, environment, the arts and so much more. I am confident future historians will look back on this time and marvel at your tenacity and achievement.

From all of us, our heartfelt congratulations.

Tamara Vrooman, O.B.C., LLD (hon.)

President's message

Convocation has always been one of my favourite SFU events—and in times like these, it feels especially important that we gather together to celebrate your tremendous achievements.

I know how hard you have worked to complete your programs and receive your diplomas. This is an enormous personal accomplishment, and you should be very proud. But I encourage you to also reflect on everything you gained at SFU, beyond your degree.

By being part of this community, you have been given the tools you need to play a part in healing, repairing and engaging the world. You have inspired me—and many others, I know—through your acts of kindness and empathy, your curiosity and your care for those around you.

When you cross the stage, please know that the entire SFU community is there with you, cheering you on. And SFU’s students, faculty, staff and alumni will always be there for you as a source of strength and support, no matter what path you choose to travel next.

I am so grateful that I got to meet and be inspired by you. On behalf of everyone at SFU—thank you, and congratulations.

Joy Johnson, PhD, FCAHS, FRSC
President and Vice-Chancellor

Alumni Association President's message

As President of SFU’s Alumni Association, I congratulate you on graduating from SFU!  This is an accomplishment that has taken significant time, energy, and support to achieve.

I also welcome you as lifetime members of our dynamic and diverse worldwide network that is now more than 180,000 strong in over 140 countries. The community you are joining is vast, spans all industries and sectors, and includes alumni, like you, who are making significant impact in communities around the globe.

As your journey continues as an SFU alumnus, SFU is here to help you expand your personal and professional network through our alumni events and initiatives, and to support your success by offering a selection of alumni benefits that include career services, library services, and preferred rates on programs that address your personal and professional interests and development.

We will be reaching out to ask you to remain engaged by helping us advance and enhance the experience for future graduates. There are many helpful and rewarding capacities in which you can give back including serving as a mentor, guest speaker, co-op advocate, research partner, event attendee, and donor.

Please keep your email and mailing addresses up to date with SFU so we can help you make and maintain connections, inform you of upcoming events, and let you know about opportunities to remain involved and engaged with our great university.

Like any strong community, we take pride in your accomplishments—so please keep us informed of your life journey, and watch our social media channels for information on the accomplishments of fellow grads.

Alumni are SFU’s greatest ambassadors; thank you in advance for helping to showcase the value of your SFU education and the impact that it will have as you engage the world.

Congratulations, fellow alumni!

You can learn more about your alumni benefits at

Pat Lougheed, BSc ‘04, MEd ‘12
President, SFU Alumni Association