Algoma University reached another milestone Saturday with its largest graduating class in its history. 252 graduates . “On behalf of Algoma University, we extend our warmest congratulations to the Class of 2015!” said Dr. Richard Myers, President of Algoma U. “This year represents our largest graduating class to date, and demonstrates the ongoing success of Algoma University. We are also pleased to have an opportunity at the convocation ceremonies to install Shirley Horn as our first-ever Chancellor, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our post-secondary institution.”
The convocation also marked Myers last as President of the University.
In March, it was announced that Shirley Horn would become Algoma U’s first-ever Chancellor. Algoma U’s Chancellor serves as the titular head of the institution. The Chancellor participates in major ceremonies and events, including the annual September induction as well as convocation. The Chancellor confers all degrees. By acting as an ambassador of Algoma U, the Chancellor also helps to raise the profile of the University as well as assist in both relationship-building and fundraising initiatives.
As part of the ceremony honouring the graduates, the University also presented an Honorary Degree, a Doctor of Science, on Errol Caldwell. Caldwell has been a defender and supporter of science-based and conservation-minded economic development and growth in Sault Ste. Marie.
Justus Veldman, CEO of Riversedge Development, was also recognized as an Honorary Member of Algoma University, an award granted by the Algoma University Senate. The award is presented to individuals who have contributed distinctive and distinguished service to Algoma University, as well as the community.
Madeleine Brodbeck received the Governor General’s Silver Medal for exceptional academic achievement.