University of Waterloo completes 117th convocation

Monday, October 29, 2018

More than 2,400 students received degrees as part of the University of Waterloo’s 117th convocation, including 1,308 undergraduate and 1,164 graduate degrees. Waterloo also installed Dominic Barton, senior partner and former global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, as its 11th chancellor.

Dominic Barton congratulates a graduate.

Dominic Barton, Waterloo's 11th chancellor, congratulates a graduate on Saturday.

“Our newest alumni are embarking on the next chapter of their lives in a world that is facing unprecedented levels of disruption, change and innovation,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “In this new future opportunities exist for the bold and the creative, and our campus community is cheering them on.”

Among the highlights of Waterloo's fall convocation:

•    Robie Hennigar (Science) won the University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal, for outstanding academic performance in a doctoral program. 

•    Amir-Hossein Karimi (Mathematics) won the University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal for outstanding performance in a master’s program. (Spring 2018)

•    Ahmad Abdi (Mathematics—Spring 2018), Yk Hei Franki Kung (Arts), Timothy Michael Carter Leshuk (Engineering), Cassandra Justine Lowe (Applied Health Sciences —Spring 2018), Matthew Morison (Environment) were recognized as university finalists for the Alumni Gold Medal (doctoral).

•    Margaret Ellis-Young (Environment), Mariko Hirano (Science), Fiona Ya Ying Khor (Engineering), Rebekah Smoot-Enns (Arts) were recognized were recognized as university finalists for the Alumni Gold Medal (master’s).

•    Jennifer Roy for outstanding performance in studies by distance education. (Spring 2018)

•    Tom Jenkins, Chair of the Board of OpenText, became chancellor emeritus.

•    David A. Butler-Jones (Applied Health Sciences), Ingrid Daubechies (Mathematics),  Parker Mitchell (Engineering) and George Roter (Engineering) received honorary doctorates.

•    Leo Rothenburg (Engineering) became distinguished professor emeritus.

•    Lynn Judge, Alfrieda Swainston became honorary members of the University.


For more information on Waterloo's 117th convocation, please visit the convocation website. 

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