Brock’s 107th Convocation is unique in the University’s history, but it’s a celebration for the Class of 2020 and all of the supporters who helped them achieve their academic goals — from family and friends to faculty members, staff and the wider community.
Since going live for students and their families on Friday, June 19, Brock’s Virtual Spring Convocation portal has been visited by thousands of people from 47 countries around the world.
The Convocation portal is now available for everyone to experience and celebrate like a Brock Class of 2020 graduate.
While all guests see video messages from President Gervan Fearon, Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo and five honorary doctorates, including keynote speaker and former Prime Minister Paul Martin, in order to make the Virtual Convocation experience more personal, each student is welcomed by name and sees a portal tailored specifically to them.
For example, an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences would see a welcome greeting from Dean Peter Tiidus and Brock University Students’ Union President Asad Jalib, whereas a Goodman School of Business graduate student will see a welcome from Dean Andrew Gaudes, Graduate Studies Dean Diane Dupont and Graduate Students’ Association Christopher Yendt.
Included on the list of those delivering messages to visitors are:
- Brock University President Gervan Fearon
- Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo, including the conferring of degrees
- Provost and Vice-President, Academic Greg Finn
- Deans of all seven Brock Faculties
- Graduate Students’ Association President Christopher Yendt
- Brock University Students’ Union President Asad Jalib
- President of the Brock University Alumni Association Erin Mathany
- Niagara College President Sean Kennedy
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
- Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano
Honorary degree recipients:
- Right Honorable Paul Martin, former Canadian Prime Minister (Keynote address)
- Peggy Nash, former MP and long-time advocate for labour, human rights, gender equality and democratic engagement
- Gary Kobinger, former Canadian Scientist of the Year recognized for his development of an Ebola virus treatment
- Alice Rueda, an electrical engineer who developed the first commercial fixed broadband wireless access system and is researching high-tech solutions to Parkinson’s disease symptoms
- Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario, having previously served as the first and only female chair of Niagara’s regional government
Guests visiting the Convocation portal using the links below will notice the sample experience is personalized for ‘Isaac Brock.’
The Virtual Spring Convocation portal will remain online for users to visit at their leisure, and Fearon has promised the Class of 2020 an in-person celebration on campus when it’s safe to do so.
Goodman School of Business
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Faculty of Social Sciences