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Ontario Tech to confer nearly 2,300 degrees and four honorary doctorates at 2024 Spring Convocation

Ceremonies will take place June 5 to 7 at the university’s north Oshawa campus location

Ontario Tech University's 2024 Spring Convocation takes place from June 5 to 7.
Ontario Tech University's 2024 Spring Convocation takes place from June 5 to 7.

From Wednesday, June 5 to Friday, June 7, Ontario Tech University will celebrate the achievements and milestones of its class of 2024 along with four honorary degree recipients.

Six ceremonies will take place over the three days. At Spring Convocation 2024, the university will confer approximately 2,300 degrees during, faculty-specific ceremonies held at its north Oshawa campus location.

This year’s ceremonies will bring the university’s alumni base to more than 30,000.

The university will present honorary degrees to:

  • Mr. Desmond Cole, prominent Canadian journalist, broadcaster, author, and champion of inclusion and diversity, for his leadership as one of Canada’s strongest voices in raising awareness about anti-Black racism, his work as an advocate, activist and journalist, and his significant connections to communities across Durham Region.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan, Associate Vice-President of Research at Mount Saint Vincent University, for their distinguished contributions in health-equity research and advocacy, informing public policy for equitable health care, activism in support of equity-deserving populations with rights-based grassroots organizations, and dedication to HIV prevention, care, treatment and support in Canada and globally.
  • Ms. Roberta Jamieson, an accomplished lawyer who was the first First Nations woman to earn a law degree in Canada, for her tireless advocacy for the rights and autonomy of Indigenous peoples, her leadership in the field of alternative dispute resolution, her efforts to improve education funding, access and opportunities for Indigenous youth, and for being a role model for those in public life, particularly women and Indigenous people.
  • The Honourable Julie Thorburn, a Justice with the Court of Appeal for Ontario, for her advocacy for improved access to justice and community service with underserved groups in Ontario, francophones and young women, her demonstration of the values of integrity as a member of the justice system, and her promotion of equity, intellectual resilience and innovation in her career trajectory.
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