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Convo-posal 2015: a credential and more for one UFV graduate

For student Sasha Morneau, crossing the stage and shaking UFV President Mark Evered’s hand during her convocation ceremony was much more than the end of her undergraduate degree – it was the end of a long and arduous journey. During her time at UFV, Sasha persevered through a series of hurdles that might have stopped […]

Thousands celebrate UFV Convocation 2015

Families and friends from the Fraser Valley and beyond gathered to cheer as more than 2,100 students graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley on June 11 and 12. It’s always a festive atmosphere at the Abbotsford Centre for UFV Convocation. There were four ceremonies spread over two days this year, and more than […]

Etienne Dreyer, 19: youngest ever UFV Science grad

His personality isn’t the only thing that’s electric about Etienne Dreyer, who at age 19 recently finished his undergraduate education before many even start. With a near-perfect 4.10 GPA, Dreyer is the youngest-known person to graduate from the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Science program. He first caught the eye of future instructors […]

Governor General’s Silver Medal: His prof was right: UFV was life-changing for crim grad Sukh Mangat

When Sukhvinder Singh Mangat started his Criminal Justice degree program at UFV four years ago, his professor told him studying for his degree would be a transformational experience. Mangat was skeptical. “I was reluctant to believe this. How can simply completing a series of courses result in such a transformative change?” Mangat recalls. “Well, four […]

Social justice champion Shirzad Ahmed receives honorary degree from UFV

Effectively fighting for the rights of refugees and immigrants from 144 countries takes 12-hours a day, seven days a week. And Shirzad Ahmed wouldn’t have it any other way. For his dedication to human rights, Shirzad will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the Fraser Valley at 10 a.m. on […]

Aboriginal performance artist Margo Kane receives honorary degree from UFV

Movement and expression have defined Margo Kane for more than 40 years during an accomplished professional performance career. You can’t categorize her, and you can’t keep her still. A seemingly endless well of perpetual energy helps this dynamo tell her own story, express herself as an artist, and facilitate the sharing of many stories reflective […]

Volcanologist Catherine Hickson receives honorary degree from UFV

From a child gazing full of wonder at Yellowstone National Park’s gushing geysers to a young woman surviving blasted rock and ash near Mount St. Helens, volcanologist Catherine Hickson has had her adventures. Now she’s ready to embark on her latest after being awarded an honorary degree from the University of the Fraser Valley. She […]

Mental health advocate Ginny Dennehy receives honorary degree from UFV

Ginny Dennehy didn’t plan to be a crusader for mental health. Or to be heading into her golden years watching her friends attend their children’s weddings and becoming grandparents, with no prospect of doing so herself. But after losing her two children in separate tragedies, that is the course her life has taken. Ginny and […]

Crystal Gala organizers earn UFV Betty Urquhart Community Service award

Call it kitchen-table philanthropy. Fundraising without the frills. Every year, the women of the Crystal Gala Foundation put on a breathtakingly fancy and painstakingly planned gala fundraiser. Their goal? Raising money to support women undergoing breast cancer treatment in the Fraser Valley. Since inception in 1999 the group has raised $1.8 million in support of […]

Hardworking Heather Bakker earns UFV’s Lieutenant Governor’s Medal

Kind, caring, and incredibly capable, Certified Dental Assistant graduate Heather Bakker is UFV’s 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal recipient. Bakker received her medal at the June 11 UFV Convocation ceremony. The Lt. Governor’s Medal is awarded to students graduating vocational or career programs less than two years long who excel in their studies and contribute to […]

Natalie Ng receives UFV’s 2015 Governor General’s Bronze Medal

Natalie Ng had every right to be nervous. Twenty years had passed since her last university experience, but volunteering at her children’s school library renewed a passion for learning. The Lower Mainland resident called around, finding what she wanted through an advisor at the University of the Fraser Valley. Ng’s family encouraged her return to […]