UOIT to celebrate historic graduating class at convocation ceremonies on Friday, June 1

    Ontario's first new university in 40 years to confer Bachelor's and
    Master's degrees upon almost 700 next-generation professionals

    OSHAWA, ON, June 1 /CNW/ - The next-generation of scientists, engineers,
IT security specialists, health-care professionals, criminal justice experts,
teachers and business leaders will take centre stage today as the province's
first new university in 40 years, the University of Ontario Institute of
Technology (UOIT), holds convocation ceremonies to celebrate the historic
graduation of its first-ever class of four-year undergraduate and graduate
    UOIT faculty and staff will join graduates' families and friends and
members of the community as the university confers Bachelor's and Master's
degrees on close to 700 students, as well as honorary doctorates upon hockey
great and philanthropist Bob Baun, business and community leader James
O'Donnell, and international hydrogen expert and author, Dr. David Scott.
    Since beginning classes in September 2003, UOIT has quickly developed a
national reputation for its high-tech learning environment that includes a
laptop with industry-specific software for every student, a commitment to
research excellence that has resulted in millions of dollars in grants and
bursaries, and a globally experienced faculty that collectively speak more
than 20 languages. All of this means UOIT's class of 2007 will be comprised of
graduates with the unique and innovative skills required to meet the demands
of an increasingly knowledge-driven global economy - each ready to take his or
her place as a leader of tomorrow.

    Who and when:
    Friday, June 1, 2007
    10 a.m. - The following degrees will be conferred: Bachelor of Arts;
    Bachelor of Engineering; Bachelor of Engineering and Management; Bachelor
    of Science in Nursing; Bachelor of Science; Dr. David Scott will be
    presented with an Honorary Doctor of Science; and
    2:30 p.m. - The following degrees will be conferred: Master of
    Information Technology Security; Bachelor of Commerce; Bachelor of
    Education; Bob Baun and James O'Donnell will each be presented with an
    Honorary Doctor of Laws.

    General Motors Centre
    99 Athol Street East
    Oshawa, Ontario

For further information:

For further information: or to confirm media attendance, contact: Tony
Doyle or Allison Rosnak, Communications and Marketing, (905) 721-8668 ext.
2209 or ext. 2513, tony.doyle@uoit.ca, allison.rosnak@uoit.ca

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