President's Message . Graduates contribute to community . Milestones

Goal-setting grads never stop learning

If you looked up lifelong learning in the dictionary, it could well read "See Jo Gardner."

Gardner started her educational journey in 1947 with a certificate in dental hygiene from the University of Oregon. This spring, she marks another milestone when she graduates at age 72 with a Bachelor of Dental Science.

Gardner will be one of more than 5,000 students receiving degrees during Spring Congregation May 24-29 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Prized teachers bring students to life, learning

A cross between a midwife and a truffle hound -- that's how Killam Teaching Prize winner Christine Parkin describes her role as teacher.

"Both aspects need to be there," says Parkin, a senior instructor in the English Dept. "I help create the conditions for the students' intellectual birth and then I try to root out the best they're capable of."

Student scholars serve and lead

Fourteen students have been named Wesbrook Scholars, an honorary designation for outstanding achievement among undergraduates.

Awarded annually, the honour is reserved for a maximum of 20 students who are nominated by their faculty or school and selected by a committee. The students receive a certificate, and a memento, and the designation appears on their permanent academic record.

Academic achievers earn medals

At UBC and other Canadian universities, gold medals are presented to students who have achieved the highest standing in graduate studies at both the master's and doctoral level.

Carillon bells toll for students, visitors alike

As graduating students and visitors stroll through campus during the week of Spring Congregation, they'll be greeted periodically by the sound of carillon chimes ringing out from the Ladner Clock Tower in front of Main Library.

A new carillon, an organ-like instrument housed beside the clock tower, replaced the original last year.

Academic excellence sets graduates at head of class

Twenty-eight UBC students finished at the head of their class this year, including recipients of the Governor General's Academic Medals.

Student, business leaders earn alumni awards

The UBC Alumni Association has named 11 outstanding individuals -- students, business leaders, academics and physicians among them -- as winners of its annual awards.

Former president, scholars receive honorary degrees

Former UBC president David Strangway is one of eight individuals to receive an honorary degree from UBC during this year's Spring Congregation.

Piper honoured by McGill

The more than 5,000 UBC students graduating at Congregation this year aren't the only ones receiving degrees.

UBC President Martha Piper is getting one of her own -- an honorary degree from McGill University.

Team efforts make memorable year

Among the throngs of graduating students passing through the Chan Centre will be 132 varsity athletes. And if, in 30 or so years, somebody asks any of them what they recall about sport at UBC in their graduating year, they won't have to think particularly hard.

Key contributions to university recognized

Five members of the campus community are receiving the President's Service Award for Excellence for distinguished contributions to the university.

Each winner will receive a gold medal and $5,000 during Spring Congregation ceremonies.

$5 million given to needy students

The university distributed $5 million in need-based financial assistance to 2,822 students as bursaries and low-interest loans during the fiscal year ending March 31, 1998.

Recent grads gather to tackle shared issues

Think of it as the Alumni Association -- the Next Generation.

A group of recent grads has banded together to form the UBC Young Alumni, a branch of the Alumni Association devoted to offering services and activities that meet the needs of those who have graduated within the past 10 years.

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