Trent University will welcome students, families, faculty and special guests to the University Court of the Bata Library on Symons Campus to celebrate the accomplishments of its newest graduates from across Canada and countries around the world at the 48th Convocation ceremonies from Tuesday, June 3 to Friday, June 6, 2014.
Dr. Don Tapscott, Trent chancellor, will preside over the Convocation ceremonies, along with Dr. Steven E. Franklin, who will celebrate his final ceremony as Trent’s president and vice-chancellor. The University will bestow honorary degrees upon five outstanding individuals: award-winning novelist Joseph Boyden, renowned anthropologist Wade Davis, educator and Arctic researcher Shelagh Grant, accomplished public servant Richard Johnston, and investment leader David Patterson will be recognized for their extraordinary contributions to academic life at Trent and to society as a whole.
During Convocation, Trent University will honour 1,732 members of the 2014 graduating class, over the course of eight ceremonies from Tuesday morning until Friday afternoon. A total of 1,636 undergraduate students will receive their degrees in 2014, including 8 students receiving diplomas. Statistics from the Office of the Registrar for undergraduate studies show that 68 per cent of 2014 graduates are female, while 32 per cent are male. Twenty per cent of this year’s graduates are named to the president’s honour roll, which celebrates undergraduate students graduating with a cumulative average of at least 80 per cent.
Trent will also bestow degrees upon 96 graduate students, 17 of whom will receive doctorates and 79 of whom will receive Masters degrees. Of this year’s graduate students, 41 are completing degrees in the arts and 38 in the sciences. At the graduate level, 54 students are female and 42 are male.
As graduating students complete their chapter at Trent, many of them will be continuing their education in academic or professional programs or moving on to fascinating careers (read profiles of some of Trent’s brightest new graduates at trentu.ca/convocation/profiles.php). A new study released by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) shares that 87 per cent of Canadians agree that university research makes a major contribution to the nation’s economic prosperity. Similarly, Statistics Canada’s latest National Graduate Survey shows that university graduates have relatively high incomes and full-time employment rates, with over 90 per cent of graduates employed within three years.
During the 2014 Convocation ceremonies, Trent will also honour several of its most accomplished students with special awards.
• The Governor General’s Academic Medal to reward scholastic merit was established in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin who served as Governor General of Canada from 1872 to 1878. The Silver Medal and Gold Medal are awarded to the students with the highest academic standing in the undergraduate and graduate programs, respectively.
• The President’s Medal, established in 2009, will be awarded to three graduate students who achieved academic excellence in several degree programs.
• The Symons Medal, established in 1972 in honour of Trent’s founding president T.H.B. Symons, will be awarded to four undergraduate students in the Honours program who achieve high overall standing on graduation.
• The Bagnani Medal, established in 1986 to honour the late founding faculty member Professor Gilbert Bagnani, will be awarded to two students in the General program who achieve high overall standing on graduation.