Convocation 2017

Class President - 2017 - Kellie Forand, Kevin Kee - Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Erin Chapman, Justin Trudeau - Prime Minister of Canada

Kellie Forand, Kevin Kee - Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Justin Trudeau - Prime Minister of Canada, Erin Chapman

At their June 19 convocation, students graduating from the University of Ottawa heard inspiring words of encouragement and respect from a surprise guest – the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.

Addressing hundreds of Faculty of Arts graduates and their guests, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began by pointing out that he himself has a bachelor of arts in English literature.

He gave a special shout-out to students graduating with a literature degree at the convocation ceremony, which would also see uOttawa confer an honorary doctorate on celebrated Quebec author Dany Laferrière. Read more about his appearance in the uOttawa Gazette article.

The Department of Communication is proud to have two of its top students as class presidents for the Faculty of Arts spring 2017 convocation.

Erin Chapman has served as VP philanthropy for the Communication Students Association as well as President of the Association. She was also the Faculty of Arts representative on the SFUO Board of Administration. During her studies, Erin founded The Ventilation Movement, a forum for artists to showcase work looking at issues of mental health.

Kellie Forand has played on the Gee-Gees basketball team since 2013, serving as captain for the past two years. She has excelled on the court and in the classroom. In four years, Kellie has a record of 65 games played, 1,109 minutes, 210 points and 136 rebounds. During this time, she has received the University of Ottawa President’s Award in recognition of her commitment to athletics, academics and community service. She has also been a four-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian and had the highest GPA (10.0) among uOttawa student-athletes during the 2013–2014 season. 

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