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Date: June 01, 2000

UVic's Class of 2000 Takes The Stage

Nearly 2,600 students will don gowns and mortarboards next week during spring 2000 convocation ceremonies at UVic.

Every graduating student has a story to tell and here are some great examples:

  • a grandfather and grandson who will graduate together;
  • a law student who will be clerk to the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada;
  • a great young Victoria poet who finds inspiration from his family's business--Canada's oldest lock and safe company.

SHERRAN ANDERSEN, will receive her masters in special education. She actively promotes courses in sign language while coping with spina bifida, uses a wheelchair and has impaired hearing.

LISA BARAZZUOL, on her way to her bachelor's degree in earth and ocean sciences, once spent 24 hours alone in a Campbell River-area forest measuring carbon dioxide levels for her impressive studies that relate to global warming and climate change.

NOSA ERO had barely started her economics studies when civil unrest cut off links to family in her native Nigeria. They've been reunited and her mother, once a political exile, will be in the audience at Nosa's convocation.

KAREN FINLAY is this year's winner of the Governor General's gold medal (top PhD student) for her groundbreaking examination of Vincent Massey's impact on Canadian culture. Massey was the first Canadian-born Governor General (1952-59) and a strong advocate of government support for the arts and the CBC.

GEOFF GODFREY will collect double degrees at convocation--music and psychology--as well as the Jubilee Medal for top graduating student in social sciences. The marathon runner and euphonium player enters Stanford's law school in the fall.

JAY NELSON is the first UVic law student to win the faculty's medal for top graduating student and its award for combined academic excellence, community service and leadership. In the fall Nelson will move to Ottawa for a year-long appointment as clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

KRISTIN SEMMENS, Lieutenant Governor's silver medallist (top master's student), wrote her history master's thesis on how Germany is coming to terms with its Nazi past. She earned a Commonwealth scholarship to do her PhD at Cambridge, England.

JANICE SNOW, receives her bachelor of commerce degree in hotel and restaurant management after several years in Victoria pub and hotel management. She's on her way to Austin, Texas to train as an intern with the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel chain.

STEVEN PRICE (bachelor of fine arts, writing) is a highly regarded poet in the Victoria community. The Colwood-raised Price has just won the Henry Hoyns fellowship at the University of Virginia ($30,000-plus US). Price's family owns the oldest lock and security business and it provides inspiration for his recent work.

MARK WESTON studies computer science and is UVic's top undergraduate. For that he gets the Governor General's silver medal (top undergraduate). But Weston, from the Cowichan Valley, is humble about his success and has all kinds of offbeat interests that make him anything but the stereotypical computer geek.

ADAM AND ROB VROOMAN are a couple of generations apart but they'll graduate together on Wednesday morning. Adam will receive his general bachelor's degree at the same time his grandson Rob accepts his mechanical engineering degree.

Degrees, diplomas and certificates will be awarded by UVic Chancellor Norma Mickelson during two ceremonies each day (9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.) from June 7 to June 9 in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium.

Media contacts:
Mike McNeney (UVic Communications)
(250) 721-7642.

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