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First graduates of Indigenous diploma program prize what they’ve learned

Way back in the early 1970s, Viviane Gray was the first university graduate from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation located in southeast Quebec. She graduated from Carleton. Now, her nephew Darcy Gray will be one of the first two students to graduate from the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration (IPA) program. Gray and fellow student Marcie Portelance-Beaudry will walk across the stage on June 8 during spring Convocation ceremonies. … Continue 

Solar solutions: Carleton opens unique research house

After several years of research, design proposals, construction and installation of energy-efficient equipment, Carleton University celebrated the grand opening of the Urbandale Centre for Home Energy Research. Located atop a small hill at the north end of University Drive, with red accents and rooftop solar collectors, the 1,600-square-foot house is designed as a two-storey single-family home. But its real function is to enable ongoing research to improve energy efficiency through … Continue 

Christen Rachul is the first graduate of Carleton’s PhD in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies. (Photo provided)

New degree’s first graduate wants to improve how we eat

With 32 published papers and a successfully defended thesis under her belt, Christen Rachul is the first-ever doctoral candidate to graduate from Carleton’s Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies. On June 10, Rachul receives the first PhD of Continue 

Jasmine Shaw is the recipient of this year's Board of Governors Award, which is presented at June Convocation. (Chris Roussakis Photo)

Board of Governors Award winner a leader for women in engineering

When Jasmine Shaw looks at the faces in Parliament, she wonders where all the engineers are. Despite the myth that they’re “weird and shy,” the Continue 

Jared Browning studied the effects of cancer therapies on the heart for his fourth-year honours thesis. (Justin Tang Photo)

Science grad hopes to help others through cancer research

Jared Browning knew he wanted to be a doctor the moment he witnessed a group of injured school children enter the Nepalese hospital where he was volunteering last June, just months after a major earthquake devastated the South Asian country. Continue 

Sampson Adese’s newborn son arrived just as he was finishing up his BA in Political Science and African Studies. (Justin Tang Photo)

Two worlds collide for grad and new dad

By 1:30 p.m. on a warm May afternoon, Sampson Adese has hardly slept in the previous 36 hours. But you’d never know it. Despite getting little sleep since his son’s birth this March and working hard to complete his BA with the help of Continue 

Carleton grad Mark Dhillon is one of 58 fellows in this year’s Venture for Canada (VFC) program. (Photo provided)

MBA grad wants to use his money smarts to help less fortunate

Mark Dhillon doesn’t have to tout the efforts that led to his MBA from Carleton’s Sprott School of Business or a gig at a top entrepreneur incubator Continue 

Siblings Sara Saleh (left) and Modar Saleh (right) left their home in Syria to study at Carleton. (Leo Solano Photo)

Syrian students make the most

In November 2011, siblings Sara and Modar Saleh received their international student visas at the Canadian Embassy in Damascus. Soon after, the embassy was closed and never reopened. This year, Sara is graduating from Carleton with a BA in Continue 

Roy Sengupta (left), who is graduating from humanities this June, and 2014 humanities grad Leonor Vulpe Albari (right) have been accepted to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. (Photos provided)

Humanities grads accepted to Harvard, Oxford

Two Carleton Bachelor of Humanities graduates have been offered the chance to study with some of the brightest minds in the world this fall. Roy Sengupta, who will be picking up his degree at spring Convocation, has accepted an offer to study at Continue 

Ravens men’s hockey captain Joey West (left) has signed with the Brampton Beast (Marc Lafleur Photo). Ravens women’s soccer player Veronica Mazzella will play semi-pro for the Dayton Dutch Lions in Ohio. (Valerie Wutti Photo)

Ravens athletes headed to semi-pro

Though coaches and players are sad to see them fly the coop, Carleton Ravens teams are thrilled that star players are graduating and continuing their sports careers. Several of the most accomplished outgoing Ravens have contracts with semi-pro Continue 

Paula Whissell, a graduate administrator at Carleton, hung her BA on the wall next to her daughters’ degrees when she graduated this year. (Chris Roussakis Photo)

Carleton employee is fourth in family to earn Carleton degree

When Paula Whissell completed a college certificate 34 years ago, it was the best she expected to achieve at the time. She was from a small northern Ontario Continue 

Jessica Jackson Clement credits her university success to the support of Carleton’s Aboriginal Enriched Support Program. (Photo provided)

AESP grad completes social work degree and lands job of her dreams

Carleton University has a special place in Jessica Jackson Clement’s heart – it’s where she succeeded. As the 33-year-old Aboriginal student prepared for Continue 

Mengchao Li will receive her Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies at June Convocation. (Chris Roussakis Photo)

MA grad takes cross-cultural approach to birth tourism research

Growing up in the ancient fortified city of Xi’an in central China, all Mengchao Li wanted to do was venture beyond the city walls to learn about the outside Continue 

Katie Durvin was inspired to study reproductive rights during her master's degree after volunteering with refugee women in Malawi. (Leo Solano Photo)

International affairs degree leads grad to Global Affairs Canada

In 2012, Katie Durvin was working as a volunteer in Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi, helping refugee students who had been chosen to immigrate to Canada and Continue 

About 4,380 students will receive degrees during Spring Convocation, which takes place from June 7-10, 2016 in the University Fieldhouse.

Carleton Awards 15 Honorary Degrees at June Convocation

Carleton University is awarding 15 honorary degrees at this year’s Spring Convocation ceremonies, which will be held from June 7-10, 2016. In total, about 4,380 students are receiving degrees. Two ceremonies will be held each day in the Continue 

Merna Megalla will receive the Governor General's Medal at June Convocation. (Photo provided)

Next stop for Governor General’s Medal winner: Dental school

Merna Megalla graduates this spring from her Honours Bachelor of Science with high distinction. His Excellency David Johnston will present her with the Governor General’s Medal that he awards each spring to two undergraduate students standing at Continue 

Luke Steiginga will receive the Governor General's Medal at June Convocation. (Photo provided)

Perfect marks and Governor General’s Medal: Great job awaits grad

Luke Steiginga wanted his schooling to have a practical application for helping and protecting people. So he decided to attend Carleton’s Biomedical Continue 

Thomas Ritchie will receive this year's Chancellor's Medal at June Convocation. (Photo provided)

Thomas Ritchie scores perfect GPA, Chancellor’s Medal

With a perfect GPA over his four-year Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Mental Health, Thomas Ritchie has been chosen for the Chancellor’s Medal – given to an undergraduate student with outstanding academic achievement. “The whole Continue 

Josh Boudreau will receive this year's President's Medal at June Convocation. (Photo provided)

Graduating under the radar? Not Josh Boudreau

When he found out he’d won the President’s Medal, Josh Boudreau was surprised. “I planned to graduate under the radar,” he said, “but then I thought: ‘This is cool.’ It’s really nice to be recognized for my hard work.” President Continue 

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