Convocation, Profile

October 05, 2021

Congratulations to all our Fall 2021 Linguistics Graduates!

On October 5 at 10 am, SFU held our first in-person Convocation ceremony since Fall 2019. Graduate and undergraduate degrees, and certificates on our Linguistics Grads both in person and virtually.

Zeyu Huang graduated with a Major in Linguistic and a Certificate in Language Speech Science. Linguistics Department Manager and Academic Advisor Rita Parmar had an SFU Linguistics gift for her and for all Linguistics Grads who were invited to drop by the department after the ceremony.

In her moving Graduand Address, Mizuki Giffin said, "After being away from campus so long, it is certainly a special feeling to be gathering here together again. Our graduating class is a group who finished our last 5 semesters remotely, comuting to class though a click of a button, from our bedrooms around the world.  For for many of us this will be the first time we are back on campus for nearly a year and a half."

Although we were not able to have our usual Linguistics Department Convocation Reception following our convocation ceremony, our Chair wrote to our graduating students.

Here is some of what Dr. Panayiotis A. Pappas conveyed:

"I am writing to let you know how proud we are of you! The entire faculty and staff at Linguistics join me in extending their heartfelt congratulations. Together we wish to underline for you, what a significant achievement is to have earned your degree....Linguistics is one of the most demanding programs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and we know that it takes hard work and dedication to succeed in our program. We also want you to know that this work pays off and opens doors. Our graduands routinely get accepted in top-tier graduate and professional programs and embark on satisfying careers..."

Indeed we heard from many of our grads that they already feel they are on their way. We are happy to highlight a few of our graduating students with some feature stories that let us get to know them better and hear about what some of them are doing next.

Read about a few of our graduating students in stories being updated here all through Convocation week.

Speaking at Convocation and honouring new graduates was Swu7wu (Billy) of the Skwxwu7mesh Nation, an alumnus of the Indigenous Languages Program: "I want to congratulate you, raise my hands for all the work that you've done, all the hard work that you've done to get to this day."

The Department of Linguistics recognizes and congratulates all our graduating graduate and undergraduate students for their achievements throughout their degrees.

We are deeply impressed and appreciative of dedication our graduating students have invested to the complete a credential they can be proud of.   

Congratulations to all our gradutates!


If you were not able to join us on October 5, 10 am, Watch the replay!

CEREMONY A: OCT 5 replay  


During our Fall 2021 Convocation, SFU will be sharing stories from across our eight faculties about some of our amazing graduands. 

SFU’s Fall 2021 Convocation will be held Oct. 5-8. It will be the university’s first in-person convocation since 2019. The ceremonies will be webcast on SFU’s YouTube channel for those wanting to join in from home and around the world. For more information about SFU’s Fall 2021 Convocation, visit

Read more about SFU exceptional graduands here.

Be sure to share your convocation experience on social media by using the #MySFUGrad hashtag.