SFU’s oldest grad presents thesis defense in Haida Gwaii
“I had always dreamed of going to university,” says Barbara Wilson, who at 76 years is the oldest student to convocate with a graduate degree from Simon Fraser University this summer.
A member of the Haida Nation, Wilson will receive an MA in curriculum and instructional foundation from the Faculty of Education during the June convocation. She is among 164 Indigenous students to convocate this June, a record high for SFU.
Setting still more precedents, Wilson also became the first student at SFU to host an MA thesis defense in Haida Gwaii. She invited SFU faculty and staff, as well as more than 60 people from the Haida community, to the event in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii.