Cheers to the Class of 2018!

- May 28, 2018

Here's to our newest graduates! (Tim Mombourquette photo)
Here's to our newest graduates! (Tim Mombourquette photo)

Thousands of Dal graduates will be crossing the stage at Spring and Fall Convocation ceremonies this year — the graduating class of Dal's 200th anniversary year. Get to know just some of them in our Dal News profiles, shared from across the university:

Catalysts for change: Law IB&M program celebrates its 200th graduate

As Dal celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq (IB&M) Initiative stands on the shoulders of the freedom fighters who made it possible for Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian individuals to attend law school and reshape the legal profession.

Jackie Brokken, Dentistry

Inspired by her sister's experience living with Down syndrome, Jackie Brokken decided to study Dental Hygiene to help others have the best health-care experience possible — and found so many new ways to make a difference.

Joheen Manning, Medicine

Deciding to go back to school to study medicine with three daughters under the age of four was not an easy decision. But for Johneen Manning (one of six grads of African descent from this year's Medicine class), it was an invaluable experience that furthered her commitment to supporting women’s health.

Taking the stage: Dal's first Fountain Scholars graduate

Five years ago, a gift from the Fountain family brought Dal's Theatre and Music departments together as the Fountain School of Performing Arts. Now, the first cohort of students to enter the program supported by the prestigious Fountain Scholarship are set to graduate.

Raphieal Newbold, Science

Arriving at Dal from the Bahamas, Biology student Raphieal Newbold has thrown himself head-first into life on campus: taking a minor in Spanish, working in residence and charting new paths for his future.

Calinda Brown, Management

For Master of Public Administration graduate Calinda Brown, an interest in public policy is an interest in social issues. By going back to school to build on her career in politics, she's opened up whole new avenues to help inspire change.

Allan Kember, Medicine

Allan Kember's "Research in Medicine" project — inspired by his experiences overseas in Ghana — is about working to improve the health of women and newborns in the developing world.

Sarah Young, Computer Science

When a computer science elective sparked an interest in the power of data science, Sarah Young found her way to Dalhousie and a path towards an exciting new career

Nico Jones, Law

Schulich School of Law grad opens up about about the important role Dal’s Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative played during his time at Dal and what’s next for him.

Karah Lee, Management

MBA grad Karah Lee’s adventurous spirit not only brought her to Dalhousie, but led to big opportunities — including her new, surprising career in corporate banking.

Keenan Kavanaugh, Agriculture

Set to serve as valedictorian of the Faculty of Agriculture Class of 2018, Plant Science grad Keenan Kavanaugh is ready to return to his family farming business with a whole new arsenal of knowledge tucked into his rolled-up sleeves.

Lina El-Setouhy, Architecture and Planning

Lina El-Setouhy's academic journey from her home in Cairo to a Community Design degree from Dal has been about discovering the connection between communities and their environment.

Dave Ropson, Dentistry

For Dave Ropson, being a health professional is about doing whatever it takes to help others — from being a bone marrow donor himself, to working in remote communities in need of dental care.

Rachel Carr, Management

From hitting the ice with the Tigers to hitting the books at the Killam Library, Rachel Carr is set to graduate with the confidence that she's made the most of her time on campus.

Double duty: Jennifer Frail-Gauthier (Science) and Brian Lesser (Management)

Students come to study at Dal from all sorts of places — even just down the hall. Earth Sciences grad Jennifer Frail-Gauthier and MLIS grad Brian Lesser reflect on their experiences completing graduate degrees while simultaneously working at the university.

Kirk Opie, Faculty of Health

When Kirk Opie crosses the stage to receive his Pharmacy degree, he will be continuing a longstanding family tradition stretching back generations.

Haley Matthews, Agriculture

The path Haley Matthews took towards studying Engineering at Dal's Agricultural Campus went through the Imhotep's Legacy Academy, a Dal-hosted outreach program. Now, she gives back to that same program as a coach, helping youth of African descent explore the possibilities of science and technology.

Stephen Robinson-Enebeli, Engineering

For Mechanical Engineering student Stephen Robinson-Enebeli, the Dalhousie experience is about much more than what happens in the classroom, and includes co-op terms with tech startups and community work with organizations like Pathways Spryfield.

Alicia Jacquard, Faculty of Health

As a full-time student raising two children, Alicia Jacquard has not only excelled in the classroom — she has been a key student leader in the School of Nursing.

Olayinka Oluwole and Arun Kumar, Engineering

Graduating MEng Internetworking students Olayinka Oluwole and Arun Kumar share how working at the Sexton Design and Technology Library enhanced their student experience at Dal.

Zili Pan, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

After coming to Canada from Shanghai, uncertain what she'd find at Dalhousie, Zili Pan's experience studying German has been so fulfilling that she's managed to complete her degree in just two-and-a-half years.

Original storytellers: Meet the students bringing Dal's history to life

All year long, Dalhousie is sharing the stories of some of the important individuals in its 200-year history through the Dalhousie Originals series. And student performers from the Fountain School of Performing Arts — including several members of the Class of 2018 — have been key to making it all possible.

Ali Daowd, Computer Science

Putting health information in the hands of the public has guided Ali Daowd's journey from medical school in the Middle East to starting his PhD at Dalhousie.

Mercedes Peters, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

"My work has always been political," says History master's grad Mercedes Peters, "because my identity is something that’s been politicized." In studying the self-expression of Mi'kmaw women, she strives to find lessons to inform and shape Indigenous stories today.

Mario Rolle, Faculty of Health

Looking back on his childhood growing up in the Bahamas, Mario Rolle points to two main things that shaped him as a person: growing up in poverty, and discovering that even from a young age, he was driven to make a difference.

Johna Latouf, Faculty of Computer Science

Looking back on his childhood growing up in the Bahamas, Mario Rolle points to two main things that shaped him as a person: growing up in poverty, and discovering that even from a young age, he was driven to make a difference.

From the Archives: Convocation's caretaker

Learn the story of James Stoker, who worked as part of Dal’s facilities team for over 40 years, supervised the Hicks Building (with his dog Hardy by his side), and led students to the Convocation stage from 1961-72.

A gift to grads

When Dalhousie graduates leave convocation this year, they’ll get to take a little something extra home to remember their alma mater by: a copy of “A 200th Anniversary Portrait.” The new image-filled book, also now available for sale, casts a curatorial eye on the university's 200 year history.


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