Student Convocation Speakers

June 06, 2016

Each of the eight convocation ceremonies, June 7-10, will feature a student speaker who will represent their peers and reflect on their SFU education.

Jessica Peare, B.A.Sc.

June 7, 9:45 a.m.

Mechatronic systems engineering graduand Jessica Peare is a licensed pilot who has parlayed a passion for aviation into several successful projects at SFU. These included co-founding  a start-up company that uses drone technology to help farmers and vintners monitor their crops. She hopes to find a job in aerospace or automotive engineering. 

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Naqib Azad, BBA

June 7, 2:30 p.m.

Naqib Azad, an international student from Kenya, is graduating with a bachelor of business administration. In his second semester he founded Social Entrepreneurship SFU, a business club that trained students to use their knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to benefit the community. He is now pursuing a career in finance and also operates his own fitness company.

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Cameron Proceviat, B.Sc.

June 8, 9:45 a.m.

Track and field star Cameron Proceviat, who won the 2016 Bill DeVries All-Around Athlete of the Year award, is convocating with a B.Sc. in molecular biology and biochemistry. Now, he faces the tough choice of whether to apply to medical school or try to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympics.

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Claire Sieffert, BA (Hons)

June 8, 2:30 p.m.

Claire Sieffert, who is graduating with an honours BA in international studies, is currently volunteering with a community land trust in Puerto Rico and will attend the Hague Academy of International Law in July before beginning a 10-month internship with the Canadian Parliament. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in international development. 

Taylor Morphett, MA

June 9, 9:45 a.m.

While pursuing a master’s in English, Taylor Morphett managed the English department’s social media presence and worked as a teaching assistant. Her MA project focused on humour’s ability to instill resiliency in readers. In the fall she will begin a doctoral program in English at SFU.

Chelsey Lee, BA

June 9, 2:30 p.m.

Chelsey Lee, who is graduating with a BA, served as the Criminology Student Association president, as a faculty peer mentor and as a volunteer research assistant on campus. She has received a Canada Graduate MA Scholarship and will continue to explore her passion for criminology and psychology in SFU’s School of Criminology.


Tsatia Adzich, BA

June 10, 9:45 a.m.

Communication graduand Tsatia Adzich, from the Tri River Métis community in northern B.C., is the first indigenous convocation speaker for the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. Her studies explored how indigenous identity, social justice and Métis culture intersect. In the fall she will begin a master’s program in indigenous governance at the University of Victoria.

Melody Kwa, BA

June 10, 2:30 p.m.

While working towards a bachelor of general studies in the Faculty of Education, Melody Kwa developed a deep passion for pedagogy, and volunteered as a peer educator for SFU’s English as an Additional Language program. She recently visited Singapore on an SFU international exchange, learning about global citizenship and travelling through Southeast Asia. She plans to return to Singapore to teach next year.