Dean's Message

Celebrating the success of our students at convocation is, for me, one of the highlights of the academic year. Today, over 885 Arts undergraduate and graduate students will convocate. A virtual convocation is not what any of us expected, nor the celebration our students deserve, but it is indeed a day to be celebrated!

To this year’s graduates: I am immensely proud of how you have faced recent unprecedented challenges. I believe the Class of 2020 will be marked not by how you were changed by the pandemic, but how you became the catalyst for change.

To the Faculty of Arts community: Many of you have come to know these students and have been an important part in shaping their lives, inspiring their fields of inquiry and unlocking their potential. Today, even though they will not cross that stage to receive their parchment, they will no doubt still be reflecting on their time in the Faculty of Arts and the transformational change they have experienced here – much of it as a result of your influence. So in celebrating the great achievement of our students (watch the virtual ceremony here), please take some time to remember the role you have had in helping them along the way.

Please join me in congratulating the following award-winning students:

Governor General’s Gold Medal — the University of Alberta’s top award for doctoral graduates who achieve the highest academic standing: Jennifer Hinnell, from the Department of Linguistics.

Governor General’s Silver Medal — recognizes the top academic students graduating from an undergraduate degree program: Kaelin Koufogiannakis, BA Planning.

The Dr John MacDonald Medal in Arts — awarded to the student with the overall superior academic achievement in the BA Honors program: Katherine DeCoste, BA Honors English and Film Studies and History and Classics (double major).

The Douglas E Smith Medal in Arts — awarded to a graduating student from a Bachelor of Arts program (other than Honors) who has the highest distinction in scholarship based on the convocation average: Kaelin Koufogiannakis, BA Planning.

The Faculty of Arts Outstanding Leadership Medal — awarded annually to a convocating student who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and potential through involvement and initiative in Arts organizations and activities: Christy Kan, BA Psychology.

Alison White, Faculty of Arts Honors Prize — awarded to graduands with superior academic achievement in the Honors program of the Faculty of Arts:

  • Meghan Cardy
  • Katherine DeCoste
  • Brittany Gergel
  • Thalia Sanchez Taquechel
  • Zoe Saulnier
Catherine McLean Scholarship — awarded to graduating Faculty of Arts students with superior academic achievement:  
  • Neha Goel
  • Aanchel Gupta
  • Freya Hammond-Thrasher
  • Anusha Kav
  • Sarah Kondor
  • Kaelin Koufogiannakis
  • Bailey LeBuke
  • Desiree Magotiaux
  • Maryam Rana
  • Radha Saikia
  • Trevor Sullivan
  • Sarah Yassine 
Congratulations Class of 2020!
Lesley Cormack
Dean of Arts