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UOIT to celebrate class of 2009

University will present Donald McGillis and Vernon White with honorary doctorate degrees

OSHAWA, ON. - More than 1,000 graduates are set to cross the stage on Friday, June 5 as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) confers Bachelor's and Master's degrees upon the class of 2009 during its annual convocation ceremonies. Faculty and staff from UOIT will be joined by graduates' families and friends, and community members for the ceremonies, which will also include the presentation of honorary doctorate degrees to former Durham Regional Police Chief Vernon White and Donald McGillis for their outstanding contributions and commitment to their professions and communities.

UOIT graduates have the skills and experience required to meet the needs of the new economy as next-generation professionals or to pursue further education. From clean and green energy, to the development of clean and green vehicles, to furthering cyber safety research, improving healthcare, education and justice systems, and so much more, these men and women are graduating with the real-world skills essential to helping Ontario take its position as a global leader in the years to come.

During his long and distinguished career as a law enforcement officer, White has held positions in remote communities, with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and as chief of police in Durham Region and currently as the chief of police for the Ottawa Police Services Board. Throughout his career, he has made numerous important contributions that have modernized and enhanced policing operations nationally and internationally.

McGillis has enjoyed an eminent and internationally-recognized career as a professional engineer, leader and innovator of new technologies in the field of engineering and, in particular, electric energy systems. Throughout his five-decade career, he has pioneered a number of world firsts in power systems technology that have revolutionized the industry and set new standards for secure, reliable, efficient and environmentally-friendly power transmission across the globe.

Since opening its doors six years ago, the university has grown to more than 5,500 undergraduate students from 54 countries and approximately 100 graduate students. In addition, it has attracted more than $18.3 million in research funding from many sources including contracts and grants from the provincial and federal governments and industry and research foundations. These are some of the key reasons why UOIT has been named one of Canada's Top 50 research universities.

Friday, June 5

10 a.m. - The following degrees will be conferred:

  • Master of Applied Science;
  • Master of Engineering;
  • Master of Science;
  • Bachelor of Education;
  • Bachelor of Engineering;
  • Bachelor of Engineering and Management;
  • Bachelor of Science; and
  • Bachelor of Science and Management.

McGillis will receive his honorary Doctor of Science degree and address graduates during the morning ceremony.

2:30 p.m. - The following degrees will be conferred:

  • Master of Information Technology Security;
  • Bachelor of Arts;
  • Bachelor of Commerce;
  • Bachelor of Information Technology;
  • Bachelor of Health Science; and
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Chief White will receive his honorary Doctor of Laws degree and address graduates during the afternoon ceremony.

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