Fall Convocation: not the conventional but just as exciting!

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

While the majority of students graduate in the spring, nearly 2,000 University of Ottawa students will be reaping the fruits of their labour this fall. Fall Convocation will also feature a higher proportion of master's and PhD graduates than in the spring, as is the tradition.

This weekend, many graduates will be there to receive their diplomas in person, joined by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, chancellor of the University of Ottawa, and Allan Rock, president and vice-chancellor.

The University will also confer honorary doctorates on three outstanding figures: Jay Hennick, founder and CEO of FirstService Corporation, Max Malacria,  a well-known and respected organic chemist, and Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO of Air Canada.

At each ceremony, a class president will have the honour of delivering a valedictory to fellow graduates. The title of class president is given to students who are committed to the community and have exemplary academic records.

WHAT: Fall Convocation 2014
WHEN: Sunday, November 2, at 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

A live Twitter wall, Instagram posts and Storify will help share the Convocation experience. Be sure to follow the excitement on Twitter @uOttawaAlumni. Hashtag: #uOGrad.

Ceremonies and honorary doctorate recipients

Note: Honorary doctorate recipients will speak approximately 30 minutes after the start of the ceremony.

Sunday, November 2

9:30 a.m.: Ceremony I — Telfer School of Management, the faculties of Arts, Education and Law, and Saint Paul University
Honorary doctorate: Jay Hennick

2:30 p.m.: Ceremony II — Faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences, Medicine and Science
Honorary doctorate: Max Malacria

7:30 p.m.: Ceremony III — Faculty of Social Sciences
Honorary doctorate: Calin Rovinescu

For more on the ceremonies, see the Convocation website.

Media inquiries

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University of Ottawa
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2981
Cell: 613-863-7221

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