Trent University in Oshawa and Peterborough to honour ‘changemakers’ and record number of grads


Published June 5, 2023 at 4:39 pm

Trent University will honour more than 2,600 graduates – the largest graduating class in University history – during 2023 convocation ceremonies across both its Peterborough and Oshawa campuses.

Trent University Durham GTA convocation ceremonies will take place June 16 at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa to celebrate 425 graduates—the largest graduating class ever for the school while in Peterborough, a record 2,266 undergraduates and the largest class of graduate students – 357 Ph.D., master’s and diploma graduates – will be celebrated across 10 ceremonies taking place June 6-9 and June 12-13.

Friends, families, and grads can watch the ceremonies live at or follow @Trent_Alumni and @TrentUniversity on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

During this year’s ceremonies in Peterborough and Durham, the University will bestow honorary degrees upon four social changemakers, recognized for their extraordinary contributions to society.

Christine Elliot

Former Ontario minister of Health and deputy premier Christine Elliott will be presented with an honorary degree at the Trent University Durham GTA convocation ceremony on Friday, June 16 at 2 p.m., while three honorary degrees will be bestowed in Peterborough: Drew Hayden Taylor (June 7 – afternoon ceremony) award-winning playwright, journalist, filmmaker, and humorist; Master Warrant Officer Moogly J.J.E.G. Tetrault-Hamel (June 7 – morning ceremony) distinguished member of Canadian Armed Forces and Indigenous rights advocate; and Dr. K. Jennifer ‘Jenny’ Ingram MD (June 12 – afternoon ceremony) specialist in Internal and Geriatric Medicine, Trent adjunct professor, and accomplished community leader.

Drew Hayden Taylor

Trent Chancellor Dr. Stephen Stohn will address graduates at convocation.

Trent will also honour several of its most accomplished students with special awards at the Peterborough ceremonies, including the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Cassandra Van Dorp, Chemistry – undergraduate, and Megan Aoki, Environmental & Life Sciences – graduate); the President’s Medal (Catherine Davis, Indigenous Studies Ph.D, Shannon Jarvis, Applied Modelling & Quantitative Methods M.Sc., and Cynthia Rankin, Public Texts M.A.); the Symons Medal (Kerri Mozessohn, Psychology, Runtian Zhou, Mathematics, Mackenzie Walker, Child & Youth Studies, and Megan Risebrough, Computer Science); and the Bagnani Medal (Vincent Nguyen, Mathematics; and Matthew Sims, Psychology.)

Visit for detailed information on the 2023 convocation ceremonies, bios of honorary degree recipients, further details for students and guests, and maps.

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