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UOIT’s 10th Convocation to confer first Science PhDs


OSHAWA, ONTARIO – The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) 2013 Convocation Ceremonies promises to be a historic occasion, with the first Faculty of Science PhD graduates crossing the stage at the General Motors Centre. Over two days the university will confer just over 1,650 undergraduate and graduate degrees, making this UOIT’s largest-ever graduating class.

UOIT faculty and staff will be joined by graduates' families and friends, and community members for the ceremonies.

Honorary doctorate degrees will be presented to the following individuals:

  • Dr. Clement Bowman for his visionary leadership within the energy sector and his commitment to a national strategy for a low carbon footprint in Canada.
  • Mr. Garry Cubitt for his outstanding leadership, benevolence and unflagging commitment to ensuring the success of UOIT and the Region of Durham.
  • Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell for her inspirational leadership, dedication to environmental advocacy, and the impact her efforts have had on public policy.
  • Mr. Peter MacKinnon for his unwavering commitment to academia and the Canadian legal system.
  • Mr. André Picard for his advocacy and tireless efforts to improve the Canadian health-care system.
  • Mr. Robert Strickert for his remarkable success in the nuclear industry, and commitment to the creation of UOIT.
  • Mr. Lorne Trottier for forging new paths toward and financially supporting the development of safe, clean and reliable energy in Canada.

“Congratulations to the class of 2013 for their hard work and dedication, and to the honorary degree recipients for their outstanding contributions, and commitment to their professions and communities,” said The Honourable Perrin Beatty, UOIT Chancellor. “Our graduates are highly engaged citizen leaders who are prepared not only to excel in the modern workplace, but also ready to lead others.”

Ceremony 1: Thursday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.

  • Doctor of Science (honoris causa) to Dr. Clement Bowman
  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) to Mr. Robert Strickert

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Engineering and Management (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Engineering and Management (Honours)

Ceremony 2: Thursday, June 6, 2 p.m.

  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) to Mr. Peter MacKinnon
  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) to Mr. André Picard

Faculty of Education

  • Master of Education
  • Bachelor of Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Master of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Allied Health Sciences (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)

Ceremony 3: Friday, June 7, 9:30 a.m.

  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) to Mr. Garry Cubitt
  • Doctor of Science (honoris causa) to Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Faculty of Science

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Co-operative Education
  • Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours)

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

Ceremony 4: Friday, June 7, 2 p.m.

Doctor of Science (honoris causa) to Mr. Lorne Trottier

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Information Technology Security
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

General Motors Centre
99 Athol Street East
Oshawa, Ontario

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University of Ontario Institute of Technology
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