Tsandlia Van Ry of Chilliwack is this year’s University of the Fraser Valley recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal. Van Ry was also the student speaker for the faculty of professional studies. (UFV photo)

Tsandlia Van Ry of Chilliwack is this year’s University of the Fraser Valley recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal. Van Ry was also the student speaker for the faculty of professional studies. (UFV photo)

UFV grads of 2020 honoured in innovative ways

No convocation ceremony due to pandemic, but grads receive ‘celebration box’

There was little pomp and no ceremony (yet) this year for the graduating class of University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

Due to COVID-19, UFV was forced to postpone its usual June convocation ceremonies.

However, UFV still recognized award winners in a variety of ways, and ensured every graduating student received their credential parchment in the mail and a special box containing a graduation cap and tassel, a Class of 2020 banner with a congratulatory message on the back from the Alumni Association, a package of seed-based confetti to match the “celebrate and grow” theme in the box and a congratulatory message from president Joanne MacLean.

Maclean and several of the academic deans made special trips to award winners’ houses to present medals.

The Governor General’s Gold Medal for top student in a master’s degree program went to Kelly Ridder of Abbotsford, who earned a perfect 4.33 GPA while pursuing her master of social work.

The Governor General’s Silver Medal for top bachelor’s degree student went to Shanna Yaroshuk of Surrey, who earned a bachelor of arts in child and youth care.

The Governor General’s Bronze Medal for top student from a two-year program went to Shelby Klassen of Abbotsford, who earned an agriculture technology diploma.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal went to Tsandlia Van Ry of Chilliwack, who was also the student speaker for the faculty of professional studies.

Dean’s medalists were Aisa Dobie of Abbotsford (science), Navdeep Rai of Abbotsford (health sciences), Kim Abram of Pitt Meadows (professional studies), Emily Drew (integrated studies), Hayley Ross (social sciences), and Laura Vanspronsen (humanities).

Student speakers were Owen Crocker (arts), Amy Mueller (health sciences), Tsandlia Van Ry (professional studies), Nicoline Bos (applied and technical studies) and Marcus Grymonpre (applied and technical studies).

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Navdeep Rai of Abbotsford is among the recipients of the Dean’s Medal this year for University of the Fraser Valley. (UFV photo)

Navdeep Rai of Abbotsford is among the recipients of the Dean’s Medal this year for University of the Fraser Valley. (UFV photo)

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