UBC will present an honorary degree to 2009 Under Armour Drive One Nobel Laureate Jack Szostak. Szostak's biochemistry research has led to discoveries that have changed the basic understanding of the process of aging, and the biology of cancer at the cellular level.
Susan Crichton, in the Faculty of Education and Mina Hoorfar, in the School of Engineering, will receive Teaching Excellence Awards.
Nearly 1,600 students will graduate in six ceremonies to confer degrees.
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General's Silver Medal for academic accomplishment. Melisa Lavallee, who achieved the highest grade point average among all PhD graduates at UBC this year, will be presented with the Governor General's Gold Medal.
It is the largest graduating class at this campus.
academic support services, was nominated for helping to establish the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund.
In 2013, 1,452 students graduated from UBC's Okanagan campus and in 2012, 1,306 students received degrees. The number of degrees has almost tripled since 2006, when 468 degrees were conferred at the first UBC graduation ceremony in the Okanagan.
A number of teaching and student awards will also be presented, including the President's Service Award for Excellence. It goes to UBC employees for going above and beyond their general duties to improve the student experience.
Convocation starts Thursday, with four ceremonies, and wraps up Friday with two ceremonies. During the six Convocation events, UBC will confer 21 doctoral degrees, 162 master's degrees, and 1,402 undergraduate degrees. Including those completed last fall, a total of 1,585 degrees will be conferred this week.
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