Event: UBC will award degrees to 8,500 graduating students and five honorary degree recipients at the Vancouver campus’ Spring Congregation, May 20-22 and May 25-27, 2015.
Highlights: Degrees will be conferred at 24 ceremonies. Recipients of honorary degrees will include a former UBC president; a 95-year-old woman lawyer; a celebrated Hollywood screenwriter and producer; a champion of folk and traditional music and a prominent art dealer.
Location: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z1
Parking: Media may park at the Rose Garden Parkade, located adjacent to the Chan Centre off Northwest Marine Drive.
Webcast: A live webcast of all ceremonies can be found at http://graduation.ubc.ca/event/live-webcast/
Assignment/Photo Editors: Media authorization is required to cover congregation ceremonies in the Chan Centre. Please call Sachi Wickramasinghe at 604.822.4636 or 604.754.8289 to make arrangements. Stationary camera space is very limited. Please arrive early. Handheld cameras highly recommended. A media feed will be provided but media must provide their own wireless transmitters and adapters.
Honorary degree recipients
8:30 a.m. – At 95 years of age, Constance Isherwood, QC, is the most senior practicing woman lawyer of the Bar in B.C.
1:30 p.m. – Gary Cristall is the co-founder of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and a champion of folk, traditional and world music.
4:00 p.m. – Acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter and producer Hart Hanson is the creator of some of television’s most successful shows.
8:30 a.m. – Uno Langmann is a leader in the fields of professional antiques and fine arts who has donated many valuable works to public galleries and institutions, including UBC.
11: a.m. – Stephen J. Toope is an internationally recognized legal scholar and educator who served as UBC president from 2006 to 2014.
For more information about the honorary degree recipients, click here.
June 4-5 at UBC’s Okanagan campus
UBC’s Okanagan campus will honour paleontologist Phil Currie and astrophysicist Sara Seager.
Student graduation ceremonies
UBC grads will cross the stage at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts to receive their degrees. Undergraduate and graduate degrees from all 12 Vancouver campus faculties will be conferred at 24 ceremonies.
Graduation Dates / Times: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on:
- Wednesday, May 20
- Thursday, May 21
- Friday, May 22
- Monday, May 25
- Tuesday, May 26
- Wednesday, May 27
Graduating student story ideas
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