Each of the eight convocation ceremonies June 11-14 will feature a student speaker who will represent their peers as they reflect on their SFU education.
SFU Convocation June 2019
Melding research and entrepreneurism
Ben Britton made a research breakthrough in renewable energy and then learned how to commercialize it while earning a PhD in chemistry.
Research with impact
SFU Mechatronics graduand Manpreet Kaur has designed 3D-printed humanoid robot "fingers" that mimic the strength and tenderness of a human hand.
Ready to work
New alumnus Sean Leach will begin his career as a product designer at Instagram in San Francisco in August.
Jasleen Bains, international studies and communication graduand, focused on community improvement as the catalyst for her budding academic and professional career.
Honorary degree recipients
During the spring 2019 convocation ceremonies June 11-14, SFU will grant degrees to almost 4,900 students. As well, the university will grant honorary degrees to six distinguished individuals whose inspiring accomplishments are making a difference in the world.
Dava Sobel, honoris causa
Tuesday, June 11, 9:45 a.m. ceremony
Chief Robert Joseph, honoris causa
Wednesday, June 12, 2:30 p.m. ceremony
Jennifer Wade, honoris causa
Thursday, June 13, 2:30 p.m. ceremony
Joe Schwarcz, honoris causa
Tuesday, June 11, 2:30 p.m. ceremony
Ruby Peter (Sti’tum’at), honoris causa
Thursday, June 13, 9:45 a.m. ceremony
Norman Armour, honoris causa
Friday, June 14, 9:45 a.m. ceremony
Graduand Maddy Soleimanian is facing a promising career start as a software developer at Google’s Waterloo, Ontario campus.
SFU's new master's program in linguistics of a First Nations language will see its first 24 students receive their degrees during the June convocation.
When Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Diamond Jubilee Scholar Fredrick Omondi graduates in June, he will fulfill his dream of completing a master’s degree while also contributing to innovative HIV/AIDS research.
Barbara Wilson, a member of the Haida Nation, will receive an MA in curriculum and instructional foundation from the Faculty of Education during the June convocation. She is among 164 Indigenous students to convocate this June, a record high for SFU.
When Anasuya Kesavan moved to Canada in 2015, it was to support her older daughter, Sreedevi, who had accepted a scholarship to study molecular biology and biochemistry at SFU. Kesavan never imagined she’d soon be joining her daughter at SFU, as a communication student.