Graduate students were making news headlines over Brock’s week-long Spring Convocation ceremonies.
Robin Guard, who at 93-years-old was Brock’s oldest-ever graduate, became a national media sensation. He was met with a standing ovation when he walked across the Convocation stage on Friday, June 9 to receive his Master’s of Arts in History. Robin also had the pleasure of seeing his friend and a fellow student, 74-year-old Allan Edgington, graduate as part of the Class of 2017.
Here are some other graduate students who shared in news coverage:
- Grant Yocom (PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities) and Jessica Vickruck (Master’s of Science, Biological Sciences) received the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock award for for their hard efforts on and off campus to demonstrate leadership, innovation, courage, inspiration and community involvement. Read the full story here.
- Brandon and Cherise Dear, who met as undergrads in the Faculty of Education and got married last July, walked across the stage together to receive their master’s degrees. Read the full story here.
- Brock’s Assistant to the Registrar, Diana Panter, who serves as ceremony co-ordinator during Convocation season, transformed from event emcee to proud graduate as she received her Master’s of Business Administration degree. Read the full story here.
- Leona Yiu, Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock graduate student award winner for the Goodman School of Business, graduated with an MBA degree. Read the full story here.
- Aidan Smyth, who graduated with a Master’s of Science in Applied Health Sciences and was recognized with Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock award, has strived to leave the University better than he found it. Read the full story here.
- Applied Health Sciences PhD graduate Lindsay Cline received the Governor General’s Gold Medal for academic achievement. She maintained a 97 per cent average, the highest grade for the 433 graduating class of master’s and doctoral students. Cline was among six recipients of doctoral degrees awarded by the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences — the largest number of PhDs awarded in one ceremony in the history of the Faculty. Read the full story here.
- Christopher Ventura, who received a Master’s of Education degree and was recognized with the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock award, applied his personal mantra of “Building Better Badgers” as he worked at becoming a true leader in the University community. Read the full story here.
- Joseph Robertson who received his Master’s of Applied Disabilities Studies, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), said being selected for the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Award signified validation for following his passion and being part of a community. Read the full story here.