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We celebrate our graduands virtually

Friday, October 23, 2020

Today we celebrate almost 700 students to our community of more than 43,000 alumni in 105 countries. While we’re not celebrating them in person, we are cheering them on through social media, signage, stories, a kudoboard, video messages and a virtual live ceremony tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM.

Video messages went out to our new alumni from the President and Vice Chancellor, the Provost, the Dean and the class valedictorian, Alan Li. Tomorrow, recent graduate Jose Luis Avilez (BMath ’20) and the 2019 J.W. Graham Medal in Computing & Innovation, Eldon Sprickerhoff will host the virtual live ceremony. It will feature President Hamdullahpur, Li, Dean Giesbrecht and Provost Rush.

“As you celebrate your graduation today, you have become a member of an elite group. An alumnus headed into the world to make world-leading contributions,” said Giesbrecht. “You’ve developed a depth and breadth of expertise which I know will serve you well, and now you’re off to start the next leg of your journey where I have no doubt you’ll thrive."

We are proud of the all of our award winners:

  • 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.

We cannot wait to honour our award winners and all of our 2020 grads in person when it’s safe to do so.

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