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Nov. 11, 2016

The Lazaridis School’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Business Technology Management (BTM), Economics, double degree, master’s and PhD programs recognized the academic achievements of over 650 students graduating at the fall 2016 convocation. Family, friends, faculty, staff and community members attended ceremonies in Waterloo and Brantford on Oct. 27, 28 and Nov. 1 to show their support.

“This is a momentous occasion for these graduates, who now become the latest alumni in the 50-year history of the Lazaridis School,” said Micheál Kelly, dean of the Lazaridis School. “We look forward to seeing how they use the business and economics knowledge, co-op experiences and extra-curricular opportunities they gained here to excel in their chosen careers around the world.”

Opening the convocation ceremony, Max Blouw, president and vice chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, said, “We’re proudly gathered to celebrate the convocation of you, our graduates. Today, we recognize excellence.”

Convocation also marks a time to thank the faculty, staff, family and friends who helped the students on their journey to graduation and honour those who rise above others to ensure student success. Jonathan Okun (BBA ‘16) was presented with Laurier’s 2016 Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence in the undergraduate category. Okun was an instructional assistant and the 2015/16 head teaching assistant at the Lazaridis School for its two introductory business courses, BU111 and BU121. “I see my role not as a teacher, but a facilitator,” said Okun. “I look forward to continuing to make an impact on as many students as I can.”

Members of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Alumni Association (WLUAA) also offered their own insights to Lazaridis School’s newest alumni.

David Yach (MBA ‘88), co-founder and chief technology officer of Auvik Networks, touched on the many ways the graduates could remain connected and how they will forever be a part of the Laurier story. “As graduates, you are the greatest example of what Laurier education is all about,” said Yach. “I hope the pride you are feeling today will continue as you move through the next phases of your life. Just because you’re leaving doesn’t mean you haven’t left your mark on Laurier and Laurier hasn’t left its mark on you.”

Mark Galloway (BBA ‘95), vice president, business development for Procom Consultants Group, reflected on the huge impact Laurier has had on his life and the foundation his education provided. “Today marks a day of motion,” said Galloway. “The value you gain from a Laurier degree does not end now. It will carry you forward.”

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