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FASS, Convocation, Community
Congrats FASS Graduates of Spring 2020!
A message from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' Dean Jane Pulkingham:
Congratulations on completing your degree and becoming an SFU graduate! I recognize the hard work and dedication this has taken.
Do not to be daunted by the future. Remember the scope of human resiliency; in the face of great social upheaval are opportunities for positive social change.
Help people, your loved ones and the communities around you. They need your energy and inventiveness.
As a member of SFU’s alumni, you now belong to an inspiring group of people working for societal improvement locally and around the world.
I wish you a bright future and many fulfilling accomplishments.
~ Jane Pulkingham, Dean of SFU’S Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).
FASS Spring 2020 Convocation Medal Winners
- Xilonen Pastran
Dean's Convocation Medal
Convocation Medals recognize academic achievement and are given to two graduating students at convocation.
- Emily Thornton
- Jonathan Mendel
Robert C. Brown Awards
The Robert C. Brown Award recognizes Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students for outstanding academic achievement combined with outstanding leadership.
- Hamza Abdelrahman
- Steven Hall
- Helen Luo
- Gabrielle McLaren
- Sydney Wallin
FASS Spring 2020 Convocation Stories
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is extremely proud of our graduates who are convocating this June in this most challenging of times. Visit the FASS Faculty Celebration page to see our full list of grads. Read below about just a few of them in the graduation student stories below and check back for more throughout the week!
SFU’s Indigenous Languages Program is proud to announce the first Hul’q’umi’num’ graduates from the Diploma Program in Proficiency in a First Nations Language.
When Rozy Karim came to Canada as a refugee in 1974, survival was her primary focus. Today, at the age of 65, she's learning how to make herself happy.
Elda Hajdarovac says studying world literature and seizing opportunities to volunteer during her studies opened her mind academically, professionally, and personally.
The path to a degree in linguistics and to re-gaining fluency in her home language of Secwépemctsín has been one of perseverance and self-reflection for Julienne Ignace, daughter of professor Marianne Ignace and Chief Ron Ignace.
Georgina Johnston came to SFU in pursuit of a criminology degree so she could become a police officer. But she also came to SFU with an open mind and as she followed her interests her learning path changed.
Naomi Narcisse on building resilience, overcoming self-doubt and the journey of becoming a life-long learner
I am from the St'at'imc Nation muta7 Xaxli'pmeckan. I grew up on a tiny reserve of 20 homes between Lillooet and Cache Creek, called Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation. I am very fortunate that I was raised by my parents who spoke our language often, and raised me my siblings on traditional foods/medicines.
As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Dylan Wiwad is being recognized with the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal.
Dr. Kyle Willmott's doctoral research broadly focused on questions of political and economic sociology, and Indigenous policy.
First “virtual” cohort of masters students from SFU’s Terrorism, Risk and Security Studies Program graduates, virtually
The first cohort of students graduating from Simon Fraser University’s master’s program in Terrorism, Risk and Security Studies (TRSS) are no strangers to online learning in a dynamic “virtual” classroom setting.
This June, Marina Bishara graduates from Simon Fraser University with honours, taking a BA in political science and an extended minor in French. As she moves on to new things, she’s taken some time to reflect on how SFU was able to open her up to a world of new opportunities.
The SFU WUSC Student Refugee Program opened many doors for economics honours student William Raphael—it provided him a university education and now he's heading off to one of Canada's top graduate programs.
After years of working as a successful graphic designer, Lisa Birrell came to Simon Fraser University in order to pursue her lifelong love of the French language.
For most people at SFU, he is known as the “Gondola Guy”. An outspoken advocate for students, economics student Colin Fowler has certainly left an impression.
Rachelle Deutsch has always loved studying languages so it’s not surprising that she found her first linguistics class at SFU “absolutely amazing.”
Heikal Badrulhisham is taking the data fluency skills he learned during his MA outside of academia. Now working at the intersection of Linguistics and Computing Science, he hopes to continue to tell stories with the data he analyses.
Noortje de Weers has always been fascinated by languages and their social implications. She decided early into her undergraduate education that she wanted to pursue a PhD in Sociolinguistics and she has done just that.
Danielle Deng has always had a knack for languages. Having now completed her Master's degree, she will be staying at SFU to pursue her PhD in Linguistics.
In addition to learning about Linguistics and Archaeology during her time at SFU, Taylor Ferguson learned that it is important to give yourself time when you need it.
Honours graduate Simone Kurschner knew when she started at SFU that she wants to be a teacher. Throughout her time in the Department of Linguistics she investigated questions relating to language learning through her Honours and directed research.
Corliss Ng's love for languages inspired her to take a Linguistics elective while pursuing a French major. After taking almost every lower level Linguistics course, she decided that Linguistics, rather than French, was the right path for her.
Linh Nguyen's time at SFU was shaped in part by her volunteer experiences. As a volunteer facilitator for the SFU Tandem program, she realized her interest in becoming a language instructor.
Yehee Cha has always enjoyed the French language and came to Simon Fraser University planning to become a high school teacher after completing her degree. During her SFU journey she discovered a new, deeper appreciation and love for the French language and for francophone cultures.
You did it! Congratulations, class of 2020! Video Credits
Matthew Provost and Jakob Knudsen
Elder Syexwaliya (Ann Whonnock)
Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation)
Dean Jane Pulkingham
Faculty and Staff:
Dean Jane Pulkingham
Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Laura Baldry, History
Jake Castro, Criminology
Rachelle Deutsch, Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Zoe Fajber, Economics and Political Science
Junette Gonzales, Linguistics and Psychology
Elda Hajdarovac, World Literature
Vince Hopkins, Political Science (PhD)
Diamond Huynh, Psychology
Bridget Inocencio, Political Science, Ethics Certificate in Philosophy
Georgina Johnson, Indigenous Studies
Rozy Karim, International Studies
Shina Kaur, Psychology
Elysha Fong, Psychology
Genica Manuel, Political Science
Gabrielle McLaren, History
Skye McLaren, Interactive Arts and Technology (MA)
Naomi Narcisse, Indigenous Studies and Criminology
Simran Randhawa, Psychology and Criminology
Karlie Tessmer, Sociology and Anthropology
Sydney Wallin, English and Education
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