On behalf of the Faculty of Environment, I extend sincere congratulations to our undergraduate, masters and PhD graduates. It is a pleasure to honour this group of exceptional students and acknowledge the culmination of your hard work, tenacity, and dedication. We are proud of you.  Not only do you reflect the values and principles of our faculty, but you have demonstrated tremendous resilience to complete your studies during this global pandemic.  

I am delighted to now welcome you as cherished members of our alumni and encourage you to stay connected with us.  

Congratulations, again, and thrive!

Naomi Krogman 
Dean, Faculty of Environment

Department/school messages to grads

Faculty of Environment

Congratulations graduates! This is an amazing accomplishment and you should be SFU proud.

Department of Archaeology

As chair of the Archaeology Department, I'm delighted to offer you my congratulations. These are challenging times, and we are very disappointed that we can't send you off in the usual in-person ceremony, but if archeology teaches us anything it is that change is always part of human affairs and that we humans are a resilient lot.

George Nicholas
Chair, Department of Archaeology

Department of Geography

Although we are unable to be with you in person today, we are thrilled to celebrate this moment with you and to have you join our alumni community

As one of our alumni, you become part of the passionate and engaged group of former students who are creating change in communities around the globe. Seeing your courage in the face of these challenges gives me great pride and I have no doubt you will continue to impress us as you move on to your next great adventure.  

Tracy Brennand
Chair, Department of Geography

School of Environmental Science

Congratulations! I want to thank you for your patience and the resilience you showed as we made the pivot to online remote learning in the midst of your final semester. I hope that you have productive and fruitful careers helping to solve the world's environmental problems. 

Jeremy Venditti
Director, School of Environmental Science

Ecological Restoration

Congratulations graduates well done on a fabulous achievement. This is an exciting occasion, and I hope you take the time to enjoy this moment. On behalf of all of us and the joint MSc and ecological restoration program, we wish you all the best as you embark on the next stage of your journey. 

Susan Owen
Chair, Ecological Restoration 

School of Resource and Environmental Management

Congratulations to all of the 2020 REM graduates. What a time to graduate, in the middle of a global pandemic, but you did it in spite of the big challenges. 

You now have the skills and motivation to make our lives on this small planet more sustainable. Good luck as you move forward in life and congratulations.

Mark Jaccard
Director, School of Resource and Environmental Management

Convocation Medalists

Perfect score and new modelling approaches earn PhD grad top honours

Taylor Anderson’s groundbreaking work on spatial modelling approaches strikes gold earning her top honours at this year’s convocation celebration. 

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SFU grad develops classification system to keep backcountry recreationists safe

Anne St. Clair is the recipient of the 2020 Dean’s Convocation medal, awarded to students whose grades place them in the top five per cent of their class.

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Commitment to community earns Dean’s Convocation Medal

Commitment to community helps new graduate Ruby Barnard excel inside and outside of the classroom.

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Graduating Class of 2020

Department/school award winners

Congratulations to this year's award winners.

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Archaeology grad’s unconventional path to convocation

Deanna Smith’s unconventional path to graduation, filled with detours and challenges, reflects her strong sense of resilience.  

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Convocation Interrupted - Faculty of Environment student pens first-person account of convocation dreams

Tracy Lissner shares her feelings about the cancellation of Spring 2020 convocation due to COVID-19.


Geography grad’s perseverance leads to a new-found passion for knowledge 

Geography graduate Adrienne Arbor says SFU changed her life. Between babies, breaks and bagpipes, Arbor shares what graduation means to her.

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Faculty of Environment’s poster student for experiential learning graduates this spring

When it comes to university, Carolina Costa-Giomi believes you get what you give.

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Experiential learning and Indigenous collaboration help archaeology grad succeed

Archaeology graduate Kristen Oliver looks back at experiential learning opportunities and indigenous collaborations, which fueled her passion for marine archaeological research. 

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REM graduate shares positive insights about graduating in the midst of a global pandemic

Stirling Hillman is one of the many students whose time on Burnaby Mountain was unexpectedly cut short. 

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