UPEI congratulates the Class of 2020!

955 new UPEI graduates!
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Dr. Nora Biermann, shown here in the AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is the winner of the graduate Governor General's Medal and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Award of Distinction for UPEI.
Dr. Nora Biermann, shown here in the AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is the winner of the graduate Governor General's Medal and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Award of Distinction for UPEI.

During what is easily the most unusual year in its 50-year history, the University of Prince Edward Island celebrated the accomplishments of its 955-member graduating Class of 2020.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, UPEI was not able to host its long-anticipated Convocation and Senior Class Awards ceremonies this spring, but the University acknowledged its graduates in other ways. This morning, the list of graduates and senior class award winners was posted at upei.ca/classof2020. Graduates received by email a special congratulatory video message from their respective deans. UPEI is also mailing graduates their degree or diploma parchments and their official alumni pins.

The following are the winners of major prizes and medals that are normally presented during Convocation Week:

Graduate Studies Awards:
Nora Biermann, PhD, is the winner of the graduate Governor General's Medal and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Award of Distinction for UPEI, which are awarded to the graduate student who has achieved the highest academic standing in a combination of course work and thesis, and whose record in the program is so distinguished as to warrant special recognition.

Winners of Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards of Distinction are Jackson Reddin, Master of Business Administration; Emerald Naylor, Master of Arts in Island Studies; Libang (Leon) Liang, PhD in Science; Han Xu, Master of Education; Tartela Alkayyali, Master of Science, Sustainable Design Engineering; Mary Harris, Master of Nursing; and Enooyaq Sudlovenick, Master of Science, Veterinary Medicine. Liang also won the Alaa and Valerie Abd-El-Aziz Graduate Award in Chemistry. Leslie Ann Chaisson, Master of Nursing, won the Valerie and Alaa Abd-El-Aziz Graduate Nursing Award.

Undergraduate Awards:
Liam Payne, Faculty of Science, is the winner of the undergraduate Governor General’s Medal, which is awarded to the graduating student who has achieved the highest aggregate in four years of an undergraduate program.

Allyson Warren, Faculty of Arts, is the recipient of the UPEI Alumni Association Graduating Student Award, the Ambrose Lee Graduation Prize (Arts), and the H. Wade MacLauchlan Raised Expectations Graduation Medal, for having the highest aggregate in the fourth year of the Arts program, and for having an academic standing that has improved the most, compared to his or her entering grades at UPEI during their 4 or 5 years of study.

Lorelei Kenny, Faculty of Arts, is the winner of the Dr. J. Regis Duffy Academic Achievement Award, awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated to an outstanding degree the qualities of scholarship and leadership within the University community, and who is not receiving a Governor General's Medal.

Duyifan (Kitty) Yin and Olivia Thompson are the recipients of the Dr. Margaret F. Munro Nursing Scholarship, awarded to the Nursing student(s) with the highest overall standing in fourth year.

Krystina Lewis, DVM, is the recipient of the R. G. Thomson Academic Achievement Medal, awarded to a graduating student in Veterinary Medicine who has the highest cumulative grade average for all courses taken during the four-year program. Other awards for graduates of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will be posted at a later date.

Lorine Bourassa is the recipient of the Faculty of Education Prize, awarded to a graduating Education student who has embodied the principle of social justice, collaboration, and global mindedness and who has achieved a high level of scholarship and involvement throughout the Bachelor of Education program.

Kegan Bradley is the recipient of the Michael F. Cassidy Business Life Award, granted to the graduating Bachelor of Business Administration student with the highest aggregate in the last 20 three semester-hour courses.

Lucas Gallant is the recipient of the Professor Don MacEwen Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering Inspirational Award, awarded to a student graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering program who is an inspiration to classmates; demonstrates academic excellence and exceptional engagement in project-based design; and has shown the highest ethical standards as demonstrated by Professor MacEwen over his many years of outstanding teaching and engineering practice.

Karla Yepez, Faculty of Business, is the recipient of the Rory Beck Outstanding Academic and Athletic Leadership Award, awarded to the graduating student who has displayed the most outstanding dedication to athletics, academics, leadership, and campus spirit throughout their undergraduate studies.

Amy Cormier is the recipient of the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences Graduating Student Award, granted to the top graduating major or honours student from the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, as recommended by the SMCS Awards Committee.

Congratulations, Class of 2020! The faculty and staff of UPEI are very proud of you!

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