Convocation spotlight on…

Names: (left to right in photo)
Maureen Fagan, Andrea Formica, Candice Callender, Carol Corkran, Judy Bowman and Ann Bold
Positions: Registrarial staff
Department: Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

How long have you worked on Convocation?

Carol Corkran: 15 years
Judy Bowman: five years
Maureen Fagan: five years
Ann Bold: two years
Andrea Formica: two years
Candice Callender: first Convocation

What are your functions before or during Convocation and why is it important?

It is the responsibility of the registrarial staff to evaluate each student who applies for graduation to determine and ensure that they have successfully completed all requirements for the graduate level degree.

At the Convocation ceremonies, the staff are responsible for making sure that all students attending Convocation have a “name” card on which is printed their name (correctly spelled) the degree they are receiving, thesis title for PhD students and any university medal they have been awarded. The student hands this card to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research who can then pronounce the student’s names properly as the student crosses the stage. Staff is also responsible for making sure that students are lined up in the correct order–this is essential so that each student is given his/her diploma when he/she crosses the stage.

What is it about working on Convocation that inspires you?

For our team, it is inspiring to follow graduate students from the start to the finish of their program. We process their application for admission and handle all activities during their graduate academic career through to graduation. It is very rewarding to see students achieve success.

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