Fall 2020 Convocation Image: Congratulations, Graduates!


Here's to You, Grads!

We're tipping our hat to the Fall graduates in the Class of 2020.

You are 229 doctoral degree recipients, 827 master's degree recipients, and 22 recipients of graduate certificates. You are a diverse, enormously talented group. And we couldn't be prouder of you.

Take a bow! And enjoy your special day. 


Celebrating Great Research: Governor General's Gold Medal Winners


Every year during Fall convocation, the University of Alberta awards the Governor General's Gold Medal to two doctoral graduates who achieve the highest academic standing.


Billy-Ray Belcourt,
'20 PhD (English and Film Studies)

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Dr. Belcourt is a Cree poet and Rhodes scholar who has won acclaim for his accounts of life as a gay indigenous person in Western Canada. He earned his doctorate in just three years. Learn more.


Margo Regier,
'20 PhD (Earth and Atmosopheric Sciences)

Margo Regier

Born in Newton, Kansas, Dr. Regier undertook research that focused on the stabilization of 2.5 billion-year-old continental crust, identifying the ways in which diamond forms. Learn more.


Insights from Our Graduates


Peter Anto Johnson,
'20 MSc (Pediatrics)

Insight from our Graduates | Peter Anto Johnson

Find a supportive environment to grow and have fun with motivated colleagues.



Catalina Romero Hernandez,
'20 MSc (REES)

Insight from our Graduates | Catalina Romero Hernandez

It won't be easy, but it won't be impossible either. It will be a million times worth it!


Jayme Wong, '20 MA (English and Film Studies)

Insight from our Graduates | Jayme Wong

You're going to remember the people you meet more than the paper you wrote.


Jens Boos, '20 PhD (Physics)

Insight from our Graduates | Carlos Fiorentino, '20 PhD (Material Culture & Design Studies)

Pick a topic you love, because a PhD is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself.


Martha Ruiz, '20 MSc (Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging)

Insight from our Graduates | Martha Ruiz
It is going to be tough, but this is just a chapter in your life — try to embrace it fully.

Lauren Albrecht, '20 PhD (Educational Psychology)

Insights from Lauren Albrecht

You came to grad school as a whole person, and you need to leave this arduous experience as one too.


This is just the beginning! For more outstanding advice from our graduating scholars, follow this link.

More Insights from Our Fall 2020 Graduates