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Convocation 2007 :: Photos and Information
June 6, 2007

More Than 2,200 Graduates Honoured in Five Ceremonies Over Three Days, Including First-Ever Graduates of the Trent-Fleming Forensic Science B.Sc. Program and the Canadian Studies Ph.D. Program


Online Photo Galleries

June 1, 2007 - Morning
May 31, 2007 - Afternoon
May 31, 2007 - Morning
May 30, 2007 - Afternoon
May 30, 2007 - Morning

Honorary Graduate Speeches

June 1, 2007 - Morning - Dr. Margaret McCain

May 31, 2007 - Afternoon - Dr. Stuart McLean

May 31, 2007 - Morning - Dr. Jim Balsillie

May 30, 2007 - Afternoon - Dr. Rosemary Speirs

May 30, 2007 - Morning - Dr. Ron Fourney


Convocation Highlights:
  • 40th Convocation
  • Trent’s largest graduating class
  • Over 2,150 undergraduate degrees granted
  • 49 graduate degrees – 11 Ph.D.s and 37 Masters degrees
  • First-ever graduates of Trent-Fleming Forensic Science B.Sc. program and Canadian Studies Ph.D. program
  • Six distinguished Canadians to receive Honorary Degrees

Trent University honoured the largest graduating class in its history during the 40th Convocation ceremonies held over the course of five ceremonies on Wednesday, May 30, Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1.

Among the record 2,202 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees and diplomas at the ceremonies were the first graduates of the Trent-Fleming Forensic Science B.Sc. program and the Canadian Studies Ph.D. program.

Two ceremonies were held on Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. On Friday, one ceremony was held at 10 a.m. All proceedings took place outdoors on the podium of the Bata Library on the Symons Campus.

Over the five ceremonies, degrees were conferred upon approximately 2,150 undergraduate and 49 graduate students. Eleven Ph.D.s and 37 Masters degrees – 24 in the arts and 14 in the sciences – were granted. Also at the ceremonies, the Governor General’s Gold medal was presented to the graduate student with the highest standing and the Silver medal was presented to the undergraduate student with the highest standing. In addition, four Symons Medals and two Bagnani Medals were presented to undergraduate students who had achieved high academic standing in their programs.

Dr. Roberta Bondar, Trent University’s ninth chancellor, presided over her fifth convocation; she was installed as chancellor in 2003. During the ceremonies, six distinguished Canadians received honorary degrees.

Statistics from the Office of the Registrar for undergraduate studies show that 72 per cent of graduates were female, while 28 per cent were male. The University is pleased to report that 65.7 per cent of the graduating class received an Honours degree, up from 57 per cent last year. Important milestones in the undergraduate area were the first students graduating from the Trent-Fleming Forensic Science Program, which opened to students in 2004, and the largest ever graduating classes in Nursing (109 graduates) and Business Administration (110 graduates).

All undergraduate students graduating with a cumulative average of at least 80 per cent are named to the President’s Honour Roll. This year, 18.3 per cent of all graduates were on the President’s Honour Roll (up from 17 per cent last year).

An important milestone at the graduate studies level was that the first Ph.D. degrees in Canadian Studies were conferred upon graduates during the Wednesday morning ceremony.

For more information, including a full breakdown of each Convocation ceremony, please visit the Convocation website.