Virtual convocation celebrations begin today

Friday, October 23, 2020

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Original article published on the Daily Bulletin on Friday, October 23. 

The Computing and Financial Management program is excited to celebrate the graduation milestones of its new fall graduates. They will convocate in a virtual space on Saturday, October 24 at 9:30 am with the Faculty of Mathematics. Celebrations with CFM graduands was held in the week with the CFM Co-Directors. 


More than 2,600 of Waterloo's latest cohort of graduates will be recognized today and tomorrow through a series of virtual celebrations. In the process, these graduating students will receive more than 2,700 degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Each graduand will receive an email from President Feridun Hamdullahpur with a personalized video featuring senior University leaders that marks this exceptional moment in the lives of each graduating student and their families.Personalized convocation emails will be sent to graduating students on October 23 and 24. These convocation emails will include messages from the President and from the valedictorians from each faculty.

A doctoral degree represents the culmination of years of hard work and dedication; seeing it through to the finish line is a tremendous achievement. Graduates, supervisors, and guests are welcome to attend the PhD virtual graduate celebration, happening today, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Visit the event page for more information.

In addition, live virtual celebrations are being organized that will take place on Saturday, October 24.

Here are the fall convocation facts and figures by the numbers:

Applied Health Sciences

More than 250 AHS graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 55 undergraduates, 194 Master's, and 5 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.

Eric Thomas Hedge will be recognized with the Alumni Gold Medal in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in a master's program.

Amanda Rafka Raffoul will be named a University Finalist for Alumni Gold Medal at the doctoral level.

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences live virtual celebration is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on October 24.

Arts

More than 675 Arts graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 323 undergraduates, 342 Master's, and 14 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.

Tianjia Huang will be awarded the Accounting Alumni Award for Excellence in Accounting, given to the student graduating from the Master of Accounting program, who has the highest marks in all required and elective accounting courses.

Houman Mehrabian will be recognized with the Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student, awarded to a graduating student who has had a formal teaching role at the University and shown intellectual vigour and strong communication.

Tanya Michelle Tomasin will receive the Renison University College - President's Special Award for Academic Achievement.

Katelynn Alida Folkerts and Melissa Meade will both be named University Finalist for the Alumni Gold Medal

The Faculty of Arts live virtual celebration is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET on October 24.

Engineering

More than 420 Engineering graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 112 undergraduates, 274 Master's, and 37 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.

Jason Lars Deglint and Linda Yunzhi Wang will be recognized as University Finalists for the Alumni Gold Medal.

The Faculty of Engineering live virtual celebration is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET on October 24.

Environment

More than 185 Environment graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 99 undergraduates, 82 Master's, and 6 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.

Simar Kaur and Nichola Mercer will be recognized as University Finalists for the Alumni Gold Medal.

The Faculty of Environment live virtual celebration is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET on October 24.

Mathematics

More than 675 Mathematics graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 494 undergraduates, 157 Master's, and 28 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.

Nashid Shahriar will be awarded the University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement in a doctoral program.

Ishan Bansal will be recognized as University Finalist for Alumni Gold Medal.

Yuyu Duan will be named winner of the James D. Leslie Undergraduate Prize, awarded to a student who has achieved a first-class standing and has earned at least half of the credits for their undergraduate degree through online courses.

Nicholas Joseph Emile Richardson will be recognized with the K. D. Fryer Gold Medal, awarded to a graduating Faculty of Mathematics student who best exemplifies academic excellence and good citizenship.

The Faculty of Mathematics live virtual celebration is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET on October 24.

Science

More than 400 Science graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 335 undergraduates, 55 Master's, and 15 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.

Mohammad Roostaie and Shawna Leigh-Ann Semple will be recognized as University Finalists for the Alumni Gold Medal.

The Faculty of Science live virtual celebration is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET on October 24.

Family and friends of graduates, along with the entire UWaterloo community, are being asked to share their congratulatory messages online with stories, videos and social posts. Remember to share your UWaterloo pride on social media using #UWaterlooGrad or send a special message to our graduands on these virtual boards:

Though Convocation looks a little different this fall, it's worth remember that 20 years ago, in October 2000, the University of Waterloo broadcast its Convocation ceremonies online for the first time. 

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