Brock’s 50th Fall Convocation to be held Friday

More than 1,000 students are set to graduate from Brock University Friday, Oct. 18 during Fall Convocation.

Two ceremonies, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., inside Brock’s Ian Beddis Gymnasium will mark the University’s 106th overall Convocation and its 50th Fall Convocation.

Brock’s first Fall Convocation was held on Oct. 6, 1969 on an outdoor stage on the podium beside Schmon Tower.

Twenty people graduated in the first Fall ceremony held atop the open-air podium beside Schmon Tower on Oct. 6, 1969. This time around, 647 undergraduate and 374 graduate students will be conferred. Among those, approximately 200 are international students and 30 are Brock Badgers student/athletes, including baseball player Alex Nolan, a Media and Communications student who was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays in June.

The morning ceremony will include students from the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences and Social Sciences. The afternoon ceremony is for students from the Faculties of Education, Humanities, Math and Science and the Goodman School of Business.

Among the awards being handed out Friday are the Governor General’s Silver Medals, awarded to the two undergraduate students with the highest academic standing of everyone in the class of 2019. This year’s recipients are Math and Science students Rachel Van Herk and Ashley Kapoor.

Also being awarded Friday are three Spirit of Brock medals to students who best represent the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. Recipients include Media and Communication Studies student Sophie Hassanali, Social Justice and Equity Studies student Aniqah Zowmi and Education master’s student Larry Nie.

Convocation ceremonies are free to attend and no tickets are required. Parking is free for guests. Live broadcasts of the ceremonies will be available at

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