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Obstacle doesn't stop top undergrad

Thu, 2012-06-07 09:09

Short-Gershman by an image of UVic at the Explore Your World Earth Station at Go
Short-Gershman by an image of UVic at the Explore Your World Earth Station at Google headquarters

Graduating at the top of his class must be deja vu to Jesse Short-Gershman. When he graduated from Victoria’s Claremont Secondary School in 2008—at age 15—he received the Governor General’s Bronze Medal as top student in his class. And when he receives his BSc in Mathematics from UVic this month he’ll be awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medal for highest grade-point average in a bachelor’s program.

Sunil Mysore extends a helping hand

Thu, 2012-05-31 15:16

Sunil in San Francisco for international integrative management exercise
Sunil in San Francisco for international integrative management exercise

Sunil Mysore, one of this year’s MBA leadership award winners, had done a lot of research into selecting an international business MBA to enhance his electronics and communication engineering skills. He felt UVic was the right university and Canada the right country, and he has not been disappointed.

Top honours for down-to-earth graduate

Thu, 2012-05-31 12:15

Payne with his wife and UVic graduate Danielle
Payne with his wife and UVic graduate Danielle at Muncho Lake in northern BC

Paul Payne is firmly planted in a profession that excites him thanks to an undergraduate program that he describes as a perfect fit. This multiple award-winning grad has chosen a career in health informatics where rapidly expanding opportunities abound in the field of health care and information systems. Payne is graduating with a combined major in computer science and health information science with a near perfect grade point average garnering him Outstanding Academic Distinction in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

Congratulations, Grads!

Mon, 2011-11-07 16:03

The University of Victoria will award 1,246 degrees, 60 diplomas and 14 professional specialization certificates and 81 certificates to 1,401 students at Fall Convocation in four ceremonies Nov. 9 and 10. At the 10 a.m. ceremony on Nov. 10, the first cohort of 30 students will receive the Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization. All four ceremonies will be webcast live at and each ceremony will also be available in a video-on-demand format on this website for eight weeks thereafter.

More Convocation articles

A trio of honorary degrees

Mon, 2011-11-07 16:00


Fall Convocation ceremonies will include three honorary degree presentations. The university’s highest award—based on exceptional achievements in scholarship, research, teaching, the creative arts or public service—will be bestowed upon an internet architect, a computer science pioneer and a leading advocate for arts in education.

Honouring this year’s top teachers

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:59


At Convocation, the University of Victoria celebrates the accomplishments of our students and the great promise that they bring as they enter on a new stage of their careers. It is also an occasion when we recognize the outstanding talent, dedication and creativity of the faculty members and other teaching staff who provide such a high quality of education to our students.

Degree took grad across Canada’s three oceans

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:58

Wrohan and polar bears
Wrohan and polar bears

Ian Wrohan’s university experience strayed from the classroom environment and extended to the northern extremes of the Canadian Arctic. This September, Wrohan completed his master’s in Earth and ocean sciences and will convocate this month.

PhD Proud: School of Nursing’s first doctoral grads

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:55

 Schick Makaroff and Syme. Photo: Robbyn Lanning
Schick Makaroff and Syme. Photo: Robbyn Lanning

After travelling very different paths, Ann Syme and Kara Schick Makaroff convocate together this November with PhDs in nursing. While their journeys differ, Syme and Makaroff share feelings of pride mixed with relief as the first two students to graduate from the School of Nursing’s relatively new doctoral program, launched in 2006.

Grad student explores the mysteries of the deep sea

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:51

Robert on NEPTUNE Canada cruise
Robert on NEPTUNE Canada cruise

When you ask Katleen ‘Kat’ Robert, a scuba diving enthusiast, what brought her to UVic to pursue her MSc degree, she says it was the irresistible pull of the ocean and the chance to study marine biology up close and personal. Little did she know that her diving experience at UVic would involve an all-day 2,100-metre trip to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Grad uses theatre to help others quit smoking

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:48

Jerke. Photo: Nik West
Jerke. Photo: Nik West

Quitting smoking can be tough, but imagine the added pressure of trying to quit while living with a mental illness. University of Victoria applied theatre researcher Lauren Jerke, who will receive her master’s degree at Fall Convocation, doesn’t have to imagine this scenario—she wrote a play about it.