More than 2,600 graduate as UFV returns to in-person Convocation ceremonies

Convocation was back with a bang at the University of the Fraser Valley on June 14 and 15 as graduates celebrated their achievements with their families, friends, and faculty in four ceremonies at the Abbotsford Centre. A total of 2,617 students graduated this year, with 1,168 of them attending Convocation ceremonies and crossing the stage. […]

Governor General’s gold medal 2022: Alaina Brocklesby studied bio-ethical implications of social isolation for seniors during pandemic

Alaina Brocklesby may not have set foot on campus for the entirety of her Master of Social Work studies, but that doesn’t mean she’s not familiar with the University of the Fraser Valley. Brocklesby earned the top grade-point-average in a master’s degree program at UFV this year, earning a perfect 4.33 (A+) GPA, and will […]

Governor General’s bronze medal 2022: Rose-Mary Siemens discovers passion for supporting people is better late than never

Reinventing yourself with your career is a daunting idea for anyone. But try doing it at 51-years old like Rose-Mary Siemens. In 2019, after a decade-long career in tourism followed by a 20-year run managing wine stores, Siemens hit a crossroads professionally. Opportunities in the wine industry had dried up. She also felt unfulfilled. And, […]

Honorary degree 2022: Jo-ann Archibald — wanting to see herself reflected led to lifelong leadership in Indigenous education

When a young Jo-ann Archibald boarded the school bus daily as an elementary school student back in the 1950s, she stepped from one world into another. Archibald, whose Indigenous name is Q’um Q’um Xiiem, grew up in Soowhalie near Cultus Lake, part of the Indigenous Stó:lō community, and attended the Chilliwack public school system, graduating […]