Celebrating the Class of 2021

Order of Ceremony

Congratulations from the Deans

Read messages from the university's leaders to the class of 2021.

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Honorary Degree Recipients

The University of Alberta Spring 2021 honorary degree recipients are recognized for their distinct and noble efforts to help others.

Ms. Cheryl Whiskeyjack

Doctor of Laws

Ms. Whickeyjack is a proud Anishinaabe Kwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. She has served her entire career with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, to help vulnerable populations and to bridge Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships among a wide range of groups and organizations. Her belief in the power of post-secondary institutions in creating change has resulted in a mutually beneficial relationship with the University of Alberta.

Mr. Reza Nasseri

Doctor of Laws

Mr. Nasseri is an Alberta-based home builder who has made significant and lasting contributions to charitable and community initiatives, with a particular focus on post-secondary education, health care, the arts and programs and supports for immigrants. He founded Landmark Group of Companies in 1977 with an entrepreneurial commitment to build better homes for families at the best price possible. Since then he has grown the organization to be one of Alberta's largest home building companies often being at the forefront of the industry's most significant innovations.

Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai

Doctor of Science

Serving as the first female president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Collin-Nakai influenced research and clinical practises worldwide as the first Canadian to head two of the leading bodies in her field: the American College of Cardiology and the Inter-American Society of Cardiology. She has worked on national and international projects ranging from physician resource planning and health care financing, to federal-provincial surveillance systems, early childhood development, and establishment of academic health provider facilities.

Convocation Messages

Though we are doing it from a distance, we can still celebrate, encourage and inspire one another. Send your best wishes to the class of 2021 or thank someone who made your experience at the U of A one to remember.

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The adventure begins. The road to success is guided with a wealth of knowledge achieved while pursuing your education. Congratulations to the 2021 graduates.

— Judy Half

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Listen to the #UAlberta21 playlist, featuring songs chosen by the U of A community. And if you're feeling nostalgic, here are the songs that helped you through to graduation.


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Convocation art print gift to graduating class

Each year, the University of Alberta Alumni Association commissions an original piece of art as a gift to graduating students.

In Opening Doors, the work of art commissioned for the Class of 2021, Edmonton artist Kathy Usher, ’00 BFA, showcases the entrances of some of North Campus’s most iconic buildings.

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This exclusive gift welcomes you to the alumni community and serves as a lasting reminder of your time on campus and your ongoing relationship with the university.

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You're joining a community of more than 295,000 grads. Learn how you can benefit from your newly minted alumni status.

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On Saturday, June 26, the High Level Bridge will be lit green and gold in honour of the Class of 2021.

Convocation stories

Read stories about our graduates exploring their passions, overcoming obstacles and using their talents to uplift the whole people.