The Ring

Political science grad reflects on family, Croatia and UVic

Thu, 2013-05-23 15:40

Ljubic. Credit: UVic Photo Services.
Ljubic. Credit: UVic Photo Services.

Christina Ljubic glows as she talks about her family in Toronto and in Croatia. “My family is very proud,” says Ljubic, “they are all excited to read my thesis on the war.” It is the war – the Homeland War, or the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995) – that shaped and steered a lot of Ljubic’s path toward a master's degree in political science.


Convocation volunteers: Helping to the highest degree

Wed, 2013-04-10 09:52

L-R: Harrington, Morrison, Lu. Photo: UVic Photo Services
L-R: Harrington, Morrison, Lu. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Convocation. It’s the culmination of years of discipline, dedication and effort for the thousands of UVic students receiving their academic credentials each June and November. And ensuring that the ceremony goes smoothly and memorably for the students, their families and friends depends upon the efforts of hundreds of convocation volunteers.


“We live in the future”—George Dyson

Tue, 2012-12-11 11:42

Dyson
Dyson

By his own admission, George Dyson isn’t exactly a poster child for higher education. The kayak-builder-turned-science-historian dropped out of high school in the ’60s and moved to Canada at age 17 to crew cargo ships and live in a tree house on Burrard Inlet for three years, opting to study the world in the vein of Huckleberry Finn while dreaming up kayak construction at impossibly grand scales. Though he was essentially born at Princeton (to celebrated theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson and mathematics genius Verena Huber-Dyson), his honorary degree from the University of Victoria is actually his first degree, period.


Congratulations, Fall 2012 grads!

Wed, 2012-11-07 12:23

The University of Victoria will award 1,262 degrees, diplomas and certificates at Fall Convocation in four ceremonies Nov. 13 and 14. All four ceremonies will be webcast live at www.uvic.ca/convocation and each ceremony will also be available in a video-on-demand format on this website for eight weeks thereafter.


Honoris Causa

Wed, 2012-11-07 11:46

The Hon. Steven L. Point
The Hon. Steven L. Point

Fall Convocation ceremonies will include honorary degree presentations recognizing achievements in improving Indigenous-settler relations, promoting local history, and pioneering the new science of nanophotonics.


Words never fail for linguistics grad

Wed, 2012-11-07 11:30

Liu. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Liu. Photo: Robie Liscomb

Two years ago, a graduate student from a coastal province in eastern China chose UVic for his further studies in Canada. In the words of Jianxun Liu (MA, linguistics), “I said goodbye to so many things in China” to move to Victoria. “Graduation normally means completion, but for me, it is more a true beginning.”


Grad’s robot dreams become reality

Wed, 2012-11-07 11:26

Zhang
Zhang

Growing up in southern China, Hui Zhang had the same dream as millions of children around the world—robots to do the household chores and farm work. Zhang decided to pursue the dream of designing “intelligent machines” by earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from China’s Harbin Institute of Technology and Jilin University, respectively, and completing a PhD at the University of Victoria last June.


Grad shares nursing expertise in Bangladesh

Wed, 2012-11-07 11:19

Soomal in Bangladesh
Soomal in Bangladesh

When Permjit Soomal stepped off the plane in Bangladesh in October 2011, the nursing student was overwhelmed by the heat, smells and sounds.

She was also one step closer to realizing her dream – to make a difference in the world through working in the health sector.


BCom grad takes sustainability worldwide

Wed, 2012-11-07 10:53

Traverse at the Perestroika wall in Berlin during his exchange placement.
Traverse at the Perestroika wall in Berlin during his exchange placement.

When he came to UVic from his hometown of Fernie, BC, Michael Traverse literally didn’t find his footing right away. To begin with, he broke his leg at the start of his first year. Then he had to decide between arts, sciences, theatre, business…. The options were enticing.

But once he got his feet under him, there was no stopping him.


Law grad follows personal quest for knowledge

Wed, 2012-11-07 10:36

Clark. Photo: Mitch Wright
Clark. Photo: Mitch Wright

After her first year of university, Jan Clark decided maybe school wasn’t for her. But that’s not the end of this story: her CV now boasts an alphabet of academic credentials after her name.