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UNB Saint John Convocation

UNB handed out more than 550 diplomas to undergraduate, master's and PhD students during its Convocation ceremonies held last October. Ceremony photos are now available.

UNB also awarded honorary degrees to two respected New Brunswick businesspeople .

Francis McGuire

Long-time public servant Francis McGuire received an honorary doctorate of letters degree at the Fredericton ceremony.

McGuire is the president (deputy minister) of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). As president, he is responsible for the administration of ACOA’s operations as it works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada while championing the region’s strengths. Prior to his appointment to this role by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017, McGuire used his extensive experience in the private and public sector to advise companies and individuals on strategy, leadership and organizational design.

Donald Lalonde

Medical pioneer and internationally acclaimed surgeon Donald H. Lalonde received an honorary doctorate of science degree at the Saint John ceremony.

Lalonde is a professor of Surgery, and an attending plastic surgeon at the Saint John Regional Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Serving on a number of boards and committees, Lalonde is past chair of both the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the first Canadian Plastic Surgeon to be elected, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada  Plastic Surgery Specialty Committee and Exam Board; past president of the American Association of Hand Surgery and the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons; and an honorary member of the American Society of Hand Therapy.

Encaenia and Spring Convocation

UNB's 188th Encaenia ceremonies will be held on the Fredericton campus May 16 and 17, and UNB Saint John's 44th spring Convocation will take place on May 18.

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