Campus Beat 2015 Convocation The alumni family gained approximately 450 new members with the Class of 2015’s Convocation. Four distinguished Canadians also received honorary degrees during Spring Convocations including: France Daigle, Acadian writer, playwright, screenwriter, poet, and journalist; Lawrence Hill, award-winning author of several books including The Book of Negroes; Matthew Jocelyn (’79), playwright and artistic and general director of the Canadian Stage; and Kevin Vickers, former sergeant-at-arms and current Canadian ambassador to Ireland. Vickers and Hill both delivered moving Convocation addresses, with Vickers recounting the events of Oct. 22, 2014 and focusing on the importance of mothers and of respecting the dignity of people. Hill offered kind words of advice for the Class of 2015, drawing on his experience as an award-winning writer. Commerce student and Football Mounties’ co-captain Jonathan Graves was selected as the 2015 valedictorian, receiving a standing ovation following his address. 1 Several faculty members were also recognized during Convocation ceremonies. Music professor Dr. Elizabeth Wells received both the Paul Paré Medal and the inaugural Provost’s Teaching Fellowship. Biochemistry professor Dr. Amanda Cockshutt was named the 2015 Herbert and Leota Tucker Teaching Award winner, while Dr. Fabrizio Antonelli (sociology), Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton (psychology), and Dr. Kevin Morse (’02) (Music) received the J.E.A. Crake Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Listen to the Convocation addresses by Drs. Vickers and Hill and Jonathan Graves at 1. Makyla Walerickton (’15) hugs one of her classmates 2. (L-R): President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell, 2015 honorary degree recipients France Daigle, Lawrence Hill, Kevin Vickers, Matthew Jocelyn, with Chancellor Peter Mansbridge 3. Alumni Board member Charlie Scott (’83) and daughter Allison (’15) 4. 2015 Valedictorian and Commerce grad Jonathan Graves 2 3 4 6 / THE RECORD / Summer 2015