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December 4, 2016
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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Laurier congratulates the academic medal winners and all graduating diploma, master’s and doctoral students

Oct 18/13

Laurier congratulates its 341 graduate diploma and master’s degree students, and nine doctoral degree students graduating from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) at the fall 2013 convocation ceremony.

“The honour of announcing the names of our graduates as they walk across the stage to receive their degrees is one of my favourite tasks as dean,” said Joan Norris, Dean: Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS). “I am proud of all our accomplished graduates and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

The FGPS is also pleased to announce the winners of medals for academic excellence at the graduate level. The Medal of Academic Excellence is awarded to one master's and one doctoral candidate from each Faculty and demonstrates a student's high academic standing.

Maria Liegghio, PhD in social work, will be announced as one of the doctoral Medal winners at the ceremony. Her dissertation focused on the stigma of mental illness in child and youth mental health

“I am not really the type of person who pays much attention to these kinds of moments of recognition, but I have to admit that being awarded the Medal really means a lot to me,” said Liegghio, who was recently appointed as assistant professor at York’s School of Social Work.  

“The award should be shared with everyone who helped me along my academic journey, because without their support, I would not have excelled and the work would not have been recognized as it has.”

At the master's level, the winners of the Medal of Academic Excellence are:

  • Deborah Birkett, MA, religion & culture
  • Jimmi Gmaz, MA, psychology,
  • Shayam Jeyaratnam, MBA
  • Jessica Klassen, MSW
  • Elizabeth Hachborn, MA, theology
  • Aimee Berends, MMT

At the doctoral level, the winners are

  • Patrick-Laurent Faubert, PhD, English and film studies
  • Maria Liegghio, PhD, social work

Laurier will also present Patrick-Laurent Faubert, with the 2013 Governor General’s Academic Medal, an award granted to the graduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a master's or doctoral degree program at either the spring or fall convocation.

See more information on Convocation here.

For a list of past Medal of Academic Excellence winners click here.

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