The Ring

Spring 2015 honorary degree recipients

Mon, 2015-06-01 16:47


The University of Victoria will present four honorary degrees for outstanding achievements in community-based leadership, public service, legal affairs and mathematics during spring convocation ceremonies.

Chancellor's installation opens convocation

Mon, 2015-06-01 16:17

Chancellor Shelagh Rogers. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Chancellor Shelagh Rogers. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Shelagh Rogers became the university's 11th chancellor at the start of the calendar year, but it becomes official when she is installed in office at the outset of spring convocation ceremonies.

Degrees honour Canadian basketball's first family

Thu, 2015-04-02 13:46

Kathy and Ken Shields on a basketball court.
Kathy and Ken Shields.

Husband and wife coaching legends Kathy and Ken Shields, who led their teams to a combined 15 national basketball titles at the University of Victoria, accepted honorary doctor of laws degrees from the university at a special convocation ceremony on Thursday morning.

Graduating with a provincial contract

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:39


For recent grad Darcie Scollard (English), the co-operative education program has made her future a lot less daunting—and helped her pocket a contract with the provincial government to carry her into post-grad life.

“As a humanities student, I was particularly worried about life after university,” Scollard says. “Since I became a co-op student, a lot of stress around finding a job after graduation has been lifted off my shoulders.”

Start spreading the news: commerce grad is in a New York state of mind

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:29

Ross in NYC
Ross in NYC

Ross Rich, who graduates this November with a commerce degree from the Gustavson School of Business, has spun himself into his dream job already—as a Marketing Assistant with Columbia Records in New York City. Rich will also maintain the artist-management firm he started in 2013, which includes talented singer Jade Tjorhom (another UVic student) on its artist roster.

Engineering a culture shift on campus

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:25

Yu testing equipment while on a co-op work term with Teck Highland Valley Copper
Tiffany Yu conducts equipment testing while on a co-op work term with Teck Highland Valley Copper.

Some people are born leaders, and convocating graduate Tiffany Yu undoubtedly falls into that category. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Yu saw a need in the Faculty of Engineering and set out to create change, becoming heavily involved with the Engineering Student Society (ESS). After attending the National Conference on Women in Engineering, Yu was inspired to create a women in engineering group at UVic. With help from faculty members and fellow ESS members Taylor Entz and Alisa Minderova, Leadership Through Diversity was born.

Writing grad sees beyond perceptions of limitations

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:15

Leavitt and Calvin at UVic
Leavitt and Calvin at UVic

As an MFA candidate in the Department of Writing, Hannalora Leavitt has spent the past two years fulfilling the same kind of duties and responsibilities as most UVic graduate students: conceiving a thesis, working with a supervisor, giving lectures, teaching classes, marking papers, reading, writing, research. But given her specialty in creative nonfiction, Leavitt is also tasked with interpreting the world as she sees it—no easy job when you’re a blind writer.

UVic degree is about learning and action, says grad

Thu, 2014-11-06 23:57

Juricic in Ottawa
Juricic in Ottawa

For Kathryn Juricic, a social sciences graduate, getting outside and seeing impacts of local work makes her passionate to continue this after her studies at UVic. Juricic began at UVic with the intention of moving on after her first year; however, after taking some environmental studies courses she didn’t want to leave.

“I felt I wouldn’t receive the same calibre of learning and atmosphere anywhere else. I was surrounded by inspirational people who were bound together through learning and action,” explains Juricic.

Urban design to support the disoriented

Thu, 2014-11-06 23:53


You may have heard of care facilities designed specifically for people with dementia; they have features such as circular walkways, colour-coded areas that help people recognize where they are, or simple signs hung at eye level. But what if we started taking the needs of people with dementia into consideration when we designed a new park or a city street? These were questions Maria Przydatek explored as part of her masters thesis on dementia-friendly urban planning.

Law grad puts WSÁNEĆ legal order in the spotlight

Thu, 2014-11-06 23:48


When UVic law graduate student Robert Clifford was called to the bar in the summer of 2012, the celebration at the Victoria Law Courts involved much more than the usual fanfare of family and friends with cameras and congratulatory flowers.

A special ceremony with traditional drumming and singing took place to honour Clifford—a member of the Tsawout First Nation—and the first person of the four Saanich (WSÁNEĆ) Tribes to become a lawyer.