University of Waterloo completes 111th convocation

Saturday, October 24, 2015

More than 2,300 students received degrees as part of the University of Waterloo's 111th convocation, which took place this week. The University conferred 1,317 undergraduate degrees and 1,017 graduate degrees.

"Waterloo's tradition of experiential learning, and our students' entrepreneurial mindset, their drive to succeed and years of hard work equip them as alumni to meet the needs of a changing world," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "The entire campus community congratulates them on their remarkable achievement as they emerge as the leaders of tomorrow."

Among the highlights of Waterloo's fall convocation:

  • The Honourable Roy J. Romanow, former premier of Saskatchewan, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Robert Tarjan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University and a winner of the A.M. Turing Award, received an honorary Doctor of Mathematics. Both addressed convocation, as did James Walker, a Waterloo professor, and Lionel Ohayon, Waterloo alumnus and founder and CEO of ICRAVE Design.
  • Tanya Renee Jonker received the University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal, for outstanding academic performance in a doctoral program.
  • Han Zhao received the University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal, for outstanding academic performance in a master's program.
  • Josephine Tay is the recipient of the K.D. Fyer Gold Medal, for high academic standing in mathematics together with good student citizenship.
  • Robert MacIsaac received the Arts Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Benjamin James Ahier received the Accounting Alumni Award, for outstanding academic performance in the master of accounting program.
  • Shuntaro Yamagishi is the recipient of the Amitand Meena Chakma Award for exceptional teaching by a student.
  • Omid Ardakanian, Jessica Ashbourne, Marie Claire Brisbois, Alanna McEneny, Andrew John Achkar, Jennier Elizabeth McWhirter and Melissa Meade received awards for outstanding achievement in graduate studies.
  • Charlotte Whalen won the James D. Leslie Prize, for outstanding performance in studies by distance education.

Convocation ceremonies for all six Faculties took place over two days, ending today.  

For more information on Waterloo's 111th convocation, please visit the convocation website.

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. A globally focused institution, celebrated as Canada’s most innovative university for 23 consecutive years, Waterloo is home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit uwaterloo.ca.

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