Friday, July 11, 2014
A Learned Four Decades
UFV cuts loose thousands of grads at convocations
Released by UFV/Shannon Torhjelm photo
onvocation refers to a gathering together, and thousands did so on June 12 and 13 as the University of the Fraser Valley celebrated its graduates at three ceremonies at the Abbotsford Centre.
More than 2,100 individuals graduated with more than 2,700 credentials this year, over the two days of ceremonies.
That meant a lot
of handshakes for several UFV officials, including President and
Vice Chancellor Mark Evered, Alumni Association
Chair Justin P. Goodrich, and Chancellor
Brian Minter (who was presiding over his final convocation
ceremonies, as his term expires this fall).
Governor General’s gold medal winner Shannon Torhjelm finds reconnecting with learning refreshing.
students enrolled in master’s level programming at the University of
the Fraser Valley, Shannon Torhjelm had to balance the demands of a
professional career with the busy life of a graduate student.
She graduated as
the Governor General’s gold medal winner, an honour given to the top
student in a master’s level program. The award is given to the
student with the highest GPA in a graduate degree program. Torhjelm
earned a grade point average of 4.16 (hovering half-way between and
A and an A+ average) in the MSW program.
Governor General silver medal winner Nicole Wierks works magic in classroom and on court
Nicole Wierks may
be the most well-known student graduating from the University of the
Fraser Valley this year. She earned that fame as a leader of the UFV
Cascades women’s basketball team that stormed its way to a
third-place finish at the national championships in March 2014. But
did you know Wierks is also an excellent student? In fact, she
excels academically to such an extent that she is graduating from
UFV as the Governor General’s silver medalist.
Love of design — and beer — leads Brennan Gleason to UFV’s Governor General bronze medal.
passions for graphic design and artisanal beer, Brennan Gleason
leads UFV’s first Graphic and Digital Design graduating class in
style by being named UFV’s 2014 Governor General’s bronze medal
Going above and beyond is nothing unusual for UFV’s 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s award recipient Angela Lebedovich. Following her passion led her to the award.
Students in vocational or career programs less than two years in length who have excelled in their studies and contributed to the life of their post-secondary institution or their community are eligible to be nominated for this award. Lebedovich embodies all of these qualities.
Teaching Excellence winner Andrea Hughes makes learning memorable for psych students.
For a teacher
committed to studying seniors, psychology instructor Dr. Andrea
Hughes sure has a way with today’s youth.
Dr. Michael Gaetz recognized for community-based health research.
There are many
opportunities in Fraser Valley communities to do scientific research
focused on keeping the population healthy, raising healthier kids,
and helping the elderly stay healthy longer through well-planned
honorary degrees on Doug Hamilton, Charllotte Kwon, and George
For its 40th anniversary year, the
University of the Fraser Valley chose honorary degree recipients who
symbolize the past, present, and future of education and innovation.
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