Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!

This year’s Spring graduation will be held online, and while the ceremony will include many elements of a traditional ceremony, there will be some unique ones as well. More than 1,270 master's and doctoral students have earned the right to cross the virtual stage this year, and we wish all of them the very best in their future endeavours.

Here’s what some of our graduates had to say about what reaching graduation means to them and what they will miss most about their journey:

“This moment is possible because of the incredible community of mentors, colleagues, friends, relatives and ancestors that I have been surrounded by. Graduating has enabled me to reflect on how important this support and engagement has been. I'm grateful to the many generations of powerful, brilliant women who have helped create the space for me to walk this path. It is especially significant that I was able to share so much of this journey with Rosemary Georgeson, who was a research collaborator throughout the dissertation. I'm grateful that in the end, Rose was able to reconnect with her family, and I was able to graduate!” – Jessica Hallenbeck

“I will really miss the camaraderie. As grad students, sharing similar joys and struggles, we all supported one another.” – Alice Palmer

At Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, we’ve spent the last couple of months thinking of how we could best honour the achievements of our graduates and the contributions they have made to the university.

We recently launched a new page honouring the 2020 doctoral graduates with a list of this year’s citations, and a video compilation of 75 doctoral graduates reading their own citations.

In addition to the page on our website, we will also be sharing all citations through the G+PS Twitter channel tomorrow, June 17. This citation campaign will begin at 8 a.m. with tweets published every two minutes. Tune in at specific times to view citations by Faculty.


Twitter citations schedule

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Faculty of Applied Science 

10:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Faculty of Arts 

11:20 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration

11:25 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Faculty of Dentistry 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Faculty of Education 

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Faculty of Forestry 

1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Faculty of Land and Food Systems 

1:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Faculty of Medicine 

2:50 p.m. – 2:52 p.m. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences 

2:52 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Faculty of Science 

5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 


Last week, we also announced this year’s Governor General’s Gold Medal recipients. The Governor General’s Gold Medal is an opportunity to honour the best in research-based programs. This year’s master’s recipient is Ellen Jopling from Psychology, and the doctoral recipient is Dr. Rebecca Sherbo from Chemistry.

We wish all of our graduate the very best in their future endeavours, and hope that they continue to share their successes with us as they launch their career!

Tuesday, 16 June 2020