SFU Convocation October 2016

October 05, 2016


  • Restorative justice sparks epiphany

    Twenty-three years ago, Alana Abramson was a 15-year-old living on the streets and embroiled in drugs, abuse and poverty. This month, she crosses SFU’s convocation stage to receive her third SFU degree—a PhD in criminology.

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  • Combining design and business yields plum Facebook job

    Taylor Ward’s student experience has been tailor-made for success. His joint major from the Beedie School of Business and the School of Interactive Arts and Technology combined internships created a unique experience— one that has culminated in a coveted graduate role at Facebook.

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  • Novel hearing aid inspires career in biomedical engineering

    Eunice Kuatsjah, an international student from Indonesia, never expected her Simon Fraser University experience would result in a novel business start-up. But she is among a group of students who have developed a prototype for an inexpensive, customized hearing aid that could disrupt the global market.

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Honorary degree recipients

Almost 2,100 SFU students are eligible to convocate during SFU’s fall convocation ceremonies Oct. 6-7. Joining these students are four outstanding individuals who will receive SFU honorary degrees recognizing their exceptional achievements.

Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams, Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Thursday, Oct. 6, 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Vivienne Poy, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m.

Tamara Vrooman, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Friday, Oct. 7, 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Friday, Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m.

Student convocation speakers

Each of the four convocation ceremonies, October 6-7, will feature a student speaker who will represent their peers and reflect on their SFU education.

Jeffin Vekkal, B.Sc. (Hons.)

Oct. 6, 9:45 a.m.

Fredrick Levi Wilson, BA

Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m.

Jessica Gutierrez, BBA

Oct. 7, 9:45 a.m.

Charly Caproff, B.Env.

Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m.

  • Transforming invention into innovation

    Lupin Battersby is among the first students to complete the new Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. Now the graduands are preparing to transform their game-changing technology inventions into viable, commercialized innovations.

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  • Never stop learning

    Growing up in Kamloops, B.C., Howie Outerbridge never imagined he would convocate from SFU on four separate occasions.

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