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Fourth Year Awards & Medals Program Application Deadline

All fourth year undergraduate students are invited to apply to the Fourth Year Awards & Medals Program! Deadline: Monday, March 19, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Fourth Year Awards & Medals Application Deadline

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:00am to Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
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GradEx 101 draws 40,000 visitors

Group shot of medal winning students with Dr. Sara Diamond
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 5:30pm

From opening night on Wednesday, May 4 to closing on Sunday, OCAD University was teeming with excited visitors for its annual graduate exhibition, GradEx 101.

More than 900 students exhibited their thesis projects throughout the campus. On Wednesday night, special guests, medal winners and their friends and families joined faculty members for Celebrate Excellence, a private party where the names of medalists were announced.

In her speech, Laura Thipphawong, the first medal winner in the Visual and Critical Studies program, reflected on how the support and inspiration of faculty members and her peers influenced her. “Not only have they encouraged me in getting a head start in my career, being immersed in an environment centred on the things I truly care about has made a world of difference.”

“Tonight is an evening of great pride, where we give back to the city of Toronto through the presentation of the talent who will contribute to social, economic and cultural transformation here and far beyond,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, president and vice-chancellor.

High school students came by the busload on Thursday and Friday, enjoying the wide range of art, design and digital media projects, some asking about the admissions process.

On Saturday, over 200 alumni, from the Class of 1952 to the Class of 2015, came back to campus to enjoy VIP treatment in the Alumni Lounge.

OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Delaney Capital Management, First Capital Realty, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, CP24 (Media Supporter), NOW (Media Supporter) and Steam Whistle Brewing (Event Supporter).





OCAD University grads honoured with Governor General's Academic Medals

Dermot Patrick O'Brien receiving his Silver Medal from President Diamond
Doaa Khattab addressing her fellow graduates at convocation
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:15pm

OCAD University’s recent convocation ceremonies included the presentation of Governor General’s Academic Medals to two Class of 2015 students. The awards are given annually to the undergraduate and graduate students who achieved the highest academic standing.

The silver medal went to Drawing & Painting student Dermot Patrick O’Brien, who maintained a thriving career in the advertising industry while studying. In the words of Natalie Waldburger, the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, “the insights, experience and self-reflection that Dermot brings to his work and his writing are a model for artistic practice.”

Doaa Khattab – a graduate of the Inclusive Design master’s program – received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. For her research project she designed an inclusive and innovative wayfinding system in grocery stores for visually impaired shoppers. “The Inclusive Design program urged us to think differently,” Doaa says, “so that we would understand users’ needs in order to proceed with the holistic thinking, ideating and creating process.”

GradEx100 in the media

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:45pm

The 100th edition of OCAD U’s graduate exhibition did not go unnoticed by the Toronto media. Several journalists attended opening night as well as subsequent days of the show.  

The Globe and Mail’s Simona Chiose highlighted graduates from the Faculty of Art, while the Toronto Star’s urban issues columnist Christopher Hume took a closer look at Environmental Design.

BlogTO ran a photo essay on its top 30 art picks, while SheDoesTheCity featured a photo spread focusing on fashion and attendees.

CP24 broadcast live from the Great Hall interviewing medal winners starting at 7 a.m. and returned to capture the party wrap-up at the end of the night. These were just some of the media outlets that dropped in to capture the festive mood of the biggest GradEx ever.