Simon Fraser University’s fall convocation ceremonies marked the university’s second such virtual gathering.
Late-October events included the installation of SFU’s 10th president, Joy Johnson, and 12th chancellor, Tamara Vrooman, on Oct. 22, with Chris Lewis as emcee and B.C. Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin administering oath of office.
“The president and chancellor will be ceremoniously gowned in their robes of office,” said an event advisory. “Acknowledging SFU’s commitment to reconciliation, and in respect of the Indigenous territories that SFU Burnaby resides on, the robes have been redesigned by local designer Beverli Barnes and now include Coast Salish motifs.”
SFU conferred honorary degrees on Mina Shum, an award-winning independent Canadian filmmaker, and Sarah Diamond, an SFU alumnus and president emerita of the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
Johnson was named SFU’s president and vice-chancellor last January. In September she succeeded professor Andrew Petter, who completed his term at the end of August.
Previously SFU’s vice-president of research and international, since 2014, the Vancouver-raised Johnson called the university “a remarkable institution at a remarkable time in its history. We continue to attract world-class students, faculty, and staff, and we are stepping into a new era of potential,” she said in a news release earlier this year.
“I love being part of SFU – so much is possible here as we develop new learning opportunities, enhance student support and services, expand our facilities, strengthen our research infrastructure, and forge new partnerships. It’s my great privilege to have the opportunity to serve as president and vice-chancellor, and I look forward to getting started.”
The current semester at SFU involves a continuation of mostly virtual classes for students, in nearly 1,400 courses offered remotely this fall.
SFU has campuses in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver.