OCAD U celebrates 2017 graduates!

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nearly 800 OCAD U students were joined by family, friends and faculty members to celebrate their graduation at two convocation ceremonies on Friday, June 9.

Graduates from the Faculty of Design, honoured at the morning ceremony, were also fortunate to see the installation of OCAD U’s new chancellor, Salah Bachir. President of Cineplex Media, Bachir was also awarded an honorary doctorate alongside three other exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to Canadian culture, art and design: architect Harriet Burdett-Moulton, artist Kent Monkman and Ada Slaight, one of Canada’s leading philanthropists.

The honorary degree recipients were recognized for their contribution to Indigenous knowledge and culture in their creative fields, for their passionate belief in the importance of visual arts and for their spirit of philanthropy in the cultural sector and beyond.

The ceremony for the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Graduate Studies took place in the afternoon.

In her remarks to graduating students, Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, encouraged artists and designers “to act as transformative social, economic, environmental and cultural agents.”

The university’s 22 medal winners were presented with their program medals. Graduate Kyrie Joy Vala-Webb received the Governor General’s gold medal for academic excellence and Mary Katherine McIntyre received the silver.

Faculty members Lewis Nicholson and Johanna Householder received the teaching excellence awards for tenured faculty, while Maria-Belen Ordonez and Jennie Suddick received the non-tenured faculty awards.

In tandem with the university’s commitment to acknowledging Indigenous people and culture in Canada, graduates and guests were treated to performances by renowned artists Sadie Buck and Cheryl L’Hirondelle. Chief R. Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation addressed the graduates at both convocation ceremonies.

Photography by Christina Gapic

 

Salah Bachir speaking at podium
Chancellor Salah Bachir

Graduands seated at Roy Thomson Hall
Class of 2017

Cheryl L'Hirondelle singing
Alumna Cheryl L'Hirondelle performs

Young woman pumps fists as she crosses stage
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nearly 800 OCAD U students were joined by family, friends and faculty members to celebrate their graduation at two convocation ceremonies on Friday, June 9.

Graduates from the Faculty of Design, honoured at the morning ceremony, were also fortunate to see the installation of OCAD U’s new chancellor, Salah Bachir. President of Cineplex Media, Bachir was also awarded an honorary doctorate alongside three other exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to Canadian culture, art and design: architect Harriet Burdett-Moulton, artist Kent Monkman and Ada Slaight, one of Canada’s leading philanthropists.

The honorary degree recipients were recognized for their contribution to Indigenous knowledge and culture in their creative fields, for their passionate belief in the importance of visual arts and for their spirit of philanthropy in the cultural sector and beyond.

The ceremony for the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Graduate Studies took place in the afternoon.

In her remarks to graduating students, Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, encouraged artists and designers “to act as transformative social, economic, environmental and cultural agents.”

The university’s 22 medal winners were presented with their program medals. Graduate Kyrie Joy Vala-Webb received the Governor General’s gold medal for academic excellence and Mary Katherine McIntyre received the silver.

Faculty members Lewis Nicholson and Johanna Householder received the teaching excellence awards for tenured faculty, while Maria-Belen Ordonez and Jennie Suddick received the non-tenured faculty awards.

In tandem with the university’s commitment to acknowledging Indigenous people and culture in Canada, graduates and guests were treated to performances by renowned artists Sadie Buck and Cheryl L’Hirondelle. Chief R. Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation addressed the graduates at both convocation ceremonies.

Photography by Christina Gapic

 

Poster: 
Salah Bachir speaking at podium
Graduands seated at Roy Thomson Hall
Cheryl L'Hirondelle singing
Young woman pumps fists as she crosses stage