Student convocation speakers

June 05, 2017

Each of the eight convocation ceremonies, June 6-9, will feature a student speaker who will represent their peers and reflect on their SFU education.

Stephen Kaita, BA

June 8, 9:45 am

Graduating with a BA in world literature, Stephen Kaita entered SFU as part of the First-Year Learning Communities Cohort program at the Surrey campus. His SFU activities included a job as an in-game promotions announcer at sporting events, and providing mentorship to peer coaches. He received the Caledonia Award in World Literature, the Judy Kelly Humanitarian Award and two Recreation Promotions awards.

Joshua Jackai, BA

June 9, 9:45 am

Joshua Jackai, an international student from the U.S., joined SFU on a football scholarship then transferred his focus from sports to entrepreneurship, graduating with a BA in communication and a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. While at SFU he co-founded Frontrvnners Streetwear, and Collective Marketing, and advises OpenSpot Parking, all created by current SFU students. He also volunteered with the Simon Fraser Student Society. 

Emily Co, BA

June 8, 2:30 pm

Emily Co, who graduates with a BA in psychology, completed four co-op work terms. The final co-op position, managing SFU Student Central’s social media presence, has now become a contract position that she will continue after graduation. An active volunteer on campus, she was a peer mentor and also involved in student organizations such as TEDxSFU and Passion to Lead. 

Sandy Shergill, BA

June 9, 2:30 pm

Health sciences graduand Sandy Shergill balanced her studies with international travel after a volunteer stint in Kenya generated a passion to improve healthcare in marginalized communities. She recently completed a co-op work term in Nepal where she sponsored and hosted her fourth, free medical health camp. She plans to attend law school to realize her commitment to uphold fundamental human rights. 

Akanksha Thakur, BA

June 7, 2:30 pm

Akanksha Thakur, who graduates with a BA in sociology, completed three co-op work internships and attended an environmental field school in Indonesia. She is passionate about building a more equitable and inclusive Canada, and was recently selected as a youth ambassador for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. She works for SFU’s’ integrated learning division, developing materials to help international students with intercultural competence and communication.

Alexandra Lukac, B.Sc. 

June 7, 9:45 am

Graduating with a B.Sc. in kinesiology, Alexandra Lukac has served as a fitness instructor, teaching assistant and a peer mentor, and completed four co-op work terms. She overcame various health barriers throughout her degree program, and is passionate about health education, ergonomics and helping others overcome adversity. She plans to become an occupational therapist and educator.

Karen Rose Thomas, BA

June 6, 9:45 am

Karen Rose Thomas, from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, is graduating with a BA in archaeology (Hons.) and a Cultural Resource Management Certificate. On campus, she volunteered with the First Nations’ Student Association and the Indigenous Student Centre. She also attended the 2015 archaeology field school in Port Moody. This fall she will pursue a master’s degree in anthropology at UBC.

Enoch Weng, BBA

June 6, 2:30 pm

Enoch Weng, who graduates with a Bachelor of Business Administration, held many leadership roles at SFU during his six years of study. He served as an SFU senator, as coach and auditor for AIESEC Canada’s national finance team and, most recently, as president of the Simon Fraser Student Society. He also performs as a jazz pianist and hosts free workshops for students. He works at Wavefront, a tech accelerator..