Student success at the heart of Ryerson's 2008 spring convocation

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - When Jennifer Yoon started out to earn her
Collaborative Nursing degree from Ryerson University's Daphne Cockwell School
of Nursing, her goal was simply to pass. With an infant at home, she figured
that was the best outcome she could hope for. As Jennifer crossed the
convocation stage yesterday with her daughter, now almost five, she did so not
only as a graduate of Canada's largest nursing program, but as one its top
students. Jennifer's list of accomplishments is impressive. She's the
recipient of the 2008-2009 Seymour Schulich Graduate Student Award in Nursing,
the 2008 RNFOO Saint Elizabeth Health Care Community Nursing Scholarship and a
2008 Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario Student of Distinction Award. A
winner of Ryerson's Dennis Mock Leadership Award, Jennifer is a shining
example of just one of the student success stories that are at the heart of
every Ryerson convocation.
    This year's spring convocation saw 4,658 undergraduate and graduate
students receive their diplomas at 12 ceremonies. When addressing the
graduating class, Ryerson Chancellor G. Raymond Chang said: "I am impressed by
Ryerson's students' passion for learning. The graduates have made it possible
for Ryerson to continue its development as a university, making its mark on
the world stage. Students choose Ryerson because there is a focus not just on
learning but what you can do with it. As I look at this wonderful graduating
class, I am very confident that society, Canada and indeed the world are in
great hands."
    School of Radio and Television Arts graduate, Saron Ghebressellassie, was
nominated in the May issue of Chatelaine Magazine as one of the Top 80 women
to watch out for because she has "led, founded or volunteered for more than a
dozen activist organizations - including a group that encourages young women
and visible minorities to pursue media-related careers. Born in Saudi Arabia
to Ethiopian parents and fluent in five languages, the aspiring journalist
will continue her advocacy work in the media when she begins a master's degree
next year." Last year Saron was named the YWCA's 2007 Young Woman of
    Two hundred students were graduated from Ryerson's School of Graduate
Studies, including the University's first three doctoral students. Yifeng He,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, earned Ryerson's first PhD
in engineering. Yifeng, whose research is in multimedia communications over
Internet or wireless networks, came to Ryerson in 2004 after immigrating to
Canada from his hometown in Hainan, China and completing a master's degree at
the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. Currently a
postdoctoral fellow at the Ryerson Multimedia Research Laboratory, Yifeng
published 14 research papers, earned straight A+s and a 4.33 GPA over the
course of his PhD. Ryerson also conferred two Communication and Culture
program doctorates to Felix Odartey-Wellington and Kate Cornell. Felix is a
Rogers Doctoral Scholar whose research focuses on media relations and
communication studies. Kate is a Rogers Fellow and an Ontario Graduate
Scholarship recipient. She studied cultural studies and public policy,
completing her PhD oral examinations just weeks after giving birth.
    All these grads go on to join the 126,000 Ryerson alumni that went before
them, putting their career-focused university education to use in real-world
applications. Undoubtedly this won't be the last heard from any of Ryerson's
outstanding new alumni. For Jennifer Yoon, the next chapter is already
underway thanks to an IMS Entrance Award for graduate school, and she has
lofty goals.
    "I am interested in continuing studies in nursing with respect to public
health: bioterrorism and biosecurity, as well as increasing nursing engagement
in politics and policy," said Yoon. "I am quite impressed with the inroads
nursing has made in developing the profession and I hope to further influence
nurses to determine positive changes with respect to health-care reform."

    Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education,
offering close to 90 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in the Faculty
of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of Community
Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and the Ted
Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and undergraduate
enrolment of 25,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually,
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading
provider of university-based adult education.

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