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SFU’s fall convocation Oct. 10-11 celebrates more than 2,000 new graduates

SFU honours Timothy Caulfield, Nadine Caron, and Lorne Trottier with honorary degrees

October 08, 2019

Ian Bryce, University Communications and Marketing, 236-880-2187,

More than 2,000 students are eligible to graduate during Simon Fraser University’s Fall Convocation ceremonies on October 10 and 11.

These students will join more than 160,000 SFU alumni in over 143 countries who have graduated since the university opened its doors more than 50 years ago.

SFU will also confer honorary degrees on three distinguished individuals whose inspiring accomplishments are making a difference in the world:

Timothy Caulfield (Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:45 a.m.), Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta, where he is research director of the Health Law Institute. Professor Caulfield is one of Canada’s best-known public intellectuals and a passionate advocate for evidence-based health policy.  

Lorne Trottier (Friday, Oct. 11 at 9:45 a.m.), an innovator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and leading Canadian supporter of research and education in the sciences. The co-founder of Matrox, a world-renowned computer graphics and imaging company, Trottier has demonstrated his commitment to community engagement in science through the Trottier Family Foundation.

Nadine Caron (Friday, Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m.), is Anishnawbe from Sagamok First Nation, and Canada’s first female general surgeon of First Nations descent. A co-director and co-founder of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, she is passionate about improving Indigenous health outcomes and guiding Canadian healthcare policy. An SFU alumnus, Caron is also a former member of the SFU women’s basketball team that made it to the NAIA finals in the early 1990s.



There will be two ceremonies daily at 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each ceremony begins with a procession into Convocation Mall led by members of SFU’s six-time world champion pipe band. Honorary degrees are then conferred at the start of the convocation ceremonies.



  • Thursday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct. 11
  • 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (both days)



  • Convocation Mall, Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Campus
  • 8888 University Drive, Burnaby



Media parking is available in the upper level of the Central Parkade (see map



As Canada’s engaged university, SFU works with communities, organizations and partners to create, share and embrace knowledge that improves life and generates real change. We deliver a world-class education with lifelong value that shapes change-makers, visionaries and problem-solvers. We connect research and innovation to entrepreneurship and industry to deliver sustainable, relevant solutions to today’s problems. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties that deliver 193 undergraduate degree programs and 127 graduate degree programs to more than 35,000 students. The university now boasts more than 160,000 alumni residing in 143 countries.

Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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