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New milestones and largest graduating class highlight UOIT Convocation

University to present 12,000th degree, four honorary degrees

Graduate procession at UOIT Convocation 2014.
Graduate procession at UOIT Convocation 2014.

OSHAWA, ONTARIO – The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) largest-ever graduating class will cross the stage at Convocation 2015 on June 4 and 5.

Highlights of this year’s convocation ceremonies will include the conferring of the university’s first PhD in Computer Science, and the first graduate diplomas in both Nuclear Technology, and Education and Digital Technologies.

In addition to the university conferring more than 2,000 bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees, UOIT will present honorary Doctor of Laws degrees to:

  • Mrs. Helen Vari for her remarkable contributions to education, health care, heritage preservation and the arts in Canada, and her ongoing leadership and commitment to international humanitarian causes.
  • Dr. Jean Moss for her pioneering work in the chiropractic profession, and her inspirational leadership and unwavering commitment to improving Canadians’ access to health care.
  • Mr. Desmond Newman for his entrepreneurial spirit and vision for innovation in the aerospace industry, and his exceptional record of civic leadership in Durham Region.
  • Mr. Grantley Morris for building a distinguished record of philanthropy, and for making outstanding contributions to community development in Durham Region.

“Congratulations to our 2015 graduates 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. “Every UOIT graduate is linked by a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, and a proven ability to be adaptable and resourceful in the approach to solving problems.”

Following Convocation 2015, the university will have conferred more than 12,000 degrees in its short history.

Ceremonies can be viewed live online at (2015 webcast recordings will be posted later).

2015 Convocation schedule:

Thursday, June 4 – 9:30 a.m. ceremony

  • Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) to Mrs. Helen Vari

Thursday, June 4 – 2 p.m. ceremony

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) to Dr. Jean Moss

Friday, June 5 – 9:30 a.m. ceremony

  • Faculty of Business and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Science
  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) to Mr. Desmond Newman   

Friday, June 5 – 2 p.m. ceremony

  • Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) to Mr. Grantley Morris

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