Congratulations to the 2019 graduating master’s and doctoral students!

From May 22 to May 30, UBC is holding graduation ceremonies to honour thousands of students receiving their baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Everyone crossing the stage this spring has their own story of hard work, challenges, setbacks, and achievements. In all, 1,234 master's and doctoral students have earned the right to cross the stage of the Chan Centre this spring, and we wish all of them the very best in their future endeavours.

Some of these year’s graduates include:

Dr. Torres-Beltran, from Microbiology, explored how microbes interact to build networks driving methane consumption under low water column oxygen conditions. Her observations expand our understanding on how this greenhouse gas is cycled in ocean regions where oxygen loss is ongoing due to global warming effects.

From School Psychology, Dr. Trach's study on bullying and group processes found that youth's peer relationships predicted how they felt when witnessing bullying, and their feelings influenced whether or not they tried to help the victim. Her work highlights the importance of teaching youth social-emotional skills to create a more compassionate world.

Dr. Obst, from Pathology, investigated drug resistance in advanced prostate cancer. His work led to the recognition of a drug metabolism pathway exploited by resistant cells, and found that sensitivity could be restored using second-generation inhibitors. This study will hopefully aid in the development of novel compounds used to treat lethal prostate cancer.

From Chemistry, Dr. Vargas Hernández’s research shows that big data tools can reduce the computational resources needed to predict the properties of quantum systems and also help us discover new phases of matter.

For words of wisdom from UBC alumni, visit our alumni profiles.

Visit for a full schedule of all graduation ceremonies, and information on additional campus events. While many of the graduation ceremonies are now sold out, there is a standby line for each ceremony. All graduate ceremonies can also be viewed online.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019