Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


Congratulations Class of 2018

October 03, 2018

Fall Convocation is a special time of year at Simon Fraser University. 

The flags are flying, and the Burnaby Campus is dressed to impress as we welcome graduates, family, friends and distinguished guests to Convocation Mall.

Congratulations to the 2018 graduating class. Your SFU education has provided you with a wealth of knowledge, aptitudes and experiences that will serve you well in all you do.

You join a diverse and talented community of 155,000 alumni living in 141 countries. And I hope that, no matter where your degree may take you, you stay in touch with SFU in the years to come.    

In addition to celebrating our talented graduates, SFU will also bestow honorary degrees on two remarkable women:

Jane Goodall (doctor of science, honoris causa): a celebrated primatologist, ethologist, environmentalist, animal rights activist and UN Messenger of Peace. She is best known for her lifelong, pioneering study of chimpanzee behaviour in Africa and her work to prevent their extinction.

Allison Gopnick (doctor of laws, honoris causa): an internationally recognized leader in the study of cognitive science. Her research exploring children’s learning and development has produced important insights into children’s sophisticated learning abilities.

In addition, on October 19, SFU and the University of British Columbia will bestow two honorary doctor of laws degrees on His Highness the Aga Khan IV.

This is the first such conferral of its kind for both universities, and celebrates His Highness’s lifelong contribution to education and humanitarian causes.

Congratulations to our newest SFU alumni and distinguished honorees. Enjoy your day – you’ve most certainly earned it. 

Fall Convocation ceremonies are broadcast live at: