University of Guelph-Humber Hosts Spring Convocation

Close to 1,000 students to be honoured at 2017 ceremonies

TORONTO, June 13, 2017 /CNW/ - On Monday, June 19, 2017, more than 3,600 University of Guelph-Humber students, faculty, and guests will take part in spring 2017 convocation ceremonies being held at Pearson Convention Centre.

Graduating students from University of Guelph-Humber's seven undergraduate programs receive an honours degree from the University of Guelph and a diploma from Humber College.

"I extend my sincerest congratulations to each of our 2017 graduates and their families," says Dr. John Walsh, vice-provost University of Guelph-Humber. "With their degree, diploma and extensive work placement experience in hand, our students leave the university very well equipped to enter their profession, or go on to pursue further studies."

This year's University of Guelph-Humber convocation keynote speakers include: 

Jonathan Hood, former Canadian Football League (CFL) linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and founder of Ahead of the Game youth mentorship program. Over the past year Hood has brought his leadership and motivation program to the university and its students.

Dr. Ron Stansfield, one of the founders of University of Guelph-Humber, and the original department head of the Justice Studies program who has been teaching at the university in this program ever since. Dr. Stansfield is an associate professor at the University of Guelph, and was the 2017 recipient of the University of Guelph-Humber Faculty/Staff Mentoring Award.

Tom McKaig began teaching in the Business program at University of Guelph-Humber in 2005. Over the past 12 years, McKaig has brought his research, and international business and diplomatic connections into the classroom. McKaig was a previous winner of the University of Guelph-Humber Faculty/Staff Mentoring Award, and his 5th edition of Global Business Today will be released in January, 2018.

The 2017 Vice-Provost Award recipients will also be highlighted as part of convocation ceremonies. This prestigious award is presented to the graduating student with the highest cumulative average in each program.

2017 Vice-Provost Award recipients are:  Leanne Mason, Business Administration; Victoria DiGiovanni, Early Childhood Studies; Veronica Odita, Family and Community Social Services; Julian Vitale, Kinesiology; Victoria Baker, Media Studies; Christopher Barron, Psychology; Gerald Foster, Justice Studies BAA, and Ovais Ahmad, Justice Studies. In April 2017, Ahmad was also recognized with the Michael Nightingale Community Enrichment Award for his contributions to campus life at University of Guelph-Humber.

University of Guelph-Humber Convocation Details


University of Guelph-Humber 2017 Convocation


Pearson Convention Centre

2638 Steeles Avenue East

Brampton, ON

L6T 4L7

See map here


Monday, June 19, 2017


Three ceremonies will take place over the day.

10 a.m. Ceremony


Jonathan Hood


Family and Community Social Services


Media Studies

1 p.m. Ceremony


Dr. Ron Stansfield


Early Childhood Studies

Justice Studies


4 p.m. Ceremony


Tom McKaig




About University of Guelph-Humber
Founded in 2002, University of Guelph-Humber prides itself on its integration of theory and practical education in the classroom. Students earn an honours degree from the University of Guelph and a diploma from Humber College concurrently over four years, in one location. Through its seven undergraduate programs, University of Guelph-Humber offers its 5,000 students a high impact education through experiential learning within a small class environment. Learn more at:

SOURCE University of Guelph-Humber

For further information: Elissa Schmidt, Manager of Communications and Public Relations, University of Guelph-Humber,, o: 416.798.1331 ext. 6340, c: 647.231.8847


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