A Celebration of Academic Excellence
There is no greater event held on campus to highlight academic excellence than Convocation. On June 8th, graduates, faculty, staff, honourands, along with family and friends, gathered to celebrate the class of 2019’s academic accomplishments.
The Governor General’s Silver and Gold Medals for the highest standing upon graduation from an undergraduate and graduate program were awarded to Mathematics Honour student Courtney Drew and Master of Education student Jinjing Nie, respectively. The Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for outstanding academic proficiency in her final year of her undergraduate program was awarded to Psychology Honours student Julie Leboeuf. For her contribution to volunteer work and activities in the off-campus community, the Joan and Alex Paterson Award was given to Biology Major (Health Science Concentration) Abigail Fredericks. The Honourable G. Howard Ferguson Cup and the Chief Justice Greenshields Prize for the greatest contribution to the life of the University was granted to Meagan Parsons, Honours in History and Global Studies (pictured). Valedictorian Tyler Smith (BBA Concentration Accounting, Economics Major) was awarded the Webster Prize for best combining high academic standards in a multi-disciplinary program with substantial participation in extracurricular activities. For contributing significantly to campus life, showing strong ambition, and earning the admiration of their peers through their Live Life Unfiltered movement, Teagan and Keisha Simpson (BBAs) were granted the Jeff Cannon Memorial Award. Last but certainly not least, the Golden Mitre awards for outstanding service to the student body were granted to Helen Tintpulver (Classical Studies and Political Studies Major), Merrin Vickers (Biochemistry Major), Brianna Yee (Biology Major: Health Science Concentration), Lauren Lambert (BBA Concentration Human Resources), and Zoe Whitfield (BBA Concentration Finance). Awarded to the student who received the most votes for the Golden Mitre, the Julie Bradshaw Award was given to Zoe Whitfield.
During the afternoon ceremony, two faculty members were met with standing ovations for their outstanding academic achievements and dedication to their work. The William and Nancy Turner Award for Teaching was awarded to Williams School of Business professor Dr. Mike Teed. The Emerging Scholar Award was granted to Dr. Jason Rowe, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Canada Research Chair in Exoplanet Astrophysics.