FASS, Convocation, Community

Congrats FASS Graduates of Spring 2020!

June 11, 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

Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation

  • 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!


You did it! Congratulations, class of 2020! Video Credits


Matthew Provost and Jakob Knudsen

Land Acknowledgements:

Elder Syexwaliya (Ann Whonnock)
Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation)


Dean Jane Pulkingham

Faculty and Staff:

Dean Jane Pulkingham
Bettina Cenerelli
Nicki Didicher
Christian Guilbault
Sanjay Jeram
Tamir Moustafa
Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Melek Ortabasi
Panos Pappas
Rudy Reimer
Sarah Walshaw
Ellen Yap


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

Video Production and FASS Communications Team:

Aman Chandi
Carmen Chin
Emily Co
Brian Fox
Geoff Gilliard
Jonathan Gudlaugson
Christine Lyons
Amanda Maxwell
Adhil Naidu
Maria Popa
Alyssa Quan
Rebecca Saloustros
Lindsay Sands
Ash Tanasiychuk
Gladys We
Jessie Williams