Trent University Celebrates Largest-Ever Graduating Class with Virtual Grad from Your Pad Ceremonies

Trent University Celebrates Largest-Ever Graduating Class with Virtual Grad from Your Pad Ceremonies

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“I Did It” moments, words of wisdom from Trent leaders part of celebrations to honour more than 2,300 graduates at Peterborough and Durham GTA campuses

To honour more than 2,300 new graduates – Trent’s largest graduating class – the University is hosting three virtual Grad From Your Pad celebrations on Saturday, June 12, featuring celebratory “I Did It” moments from grads as well as inspirational speeches from Trent leaders and honorary degree recipients in full regalia.

“The completion of a university degree is a monumental accomplishment – one that deserves celebration, some reflection and some well-earned compliments,” says Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “Our virtual Grad From Your Pad event is an opportunity for the whole Trent community to pay tribute to our newest graduates whether they are joining us from around the corner, from another province, or from elsewhere around the globe.”

Grad From Your Pad features messages of congratulations from Trent dignitaries including President Groarke; Chancellor Stephen Stohn; provost and vice-president Academic, Dr. Michael Khan, and Dr. Scott Henderson, dean and head of Trent University Durham GTA. There will also be a special surprise element just for students, as well as a compilation of student video submissions celebrating their achievements.

Morning ceremonies at 9 a.m. EST and 11 a.m. EST will celebrate graduates at Trent’s Peterborough campus, including undergraduates and graduate students. The 1 p.m. EST afternoon ceremony will honour all Trent Durham GTA graduates.

Across both campuses, the University is celebrating over 2,300 members of the 2021 graduating class with 1,890 undergraduate and 245 graduate students in Peterborough, and a record 283 Trent Durham graduates.

This year, degrees will be conferred upon the first ever graduates in seven programs: Trent’s Indigenous Bachelor of Education, Conservation Biology, Trent/Swansea Dual Degree Law & Arts/Law & Business, Forensic Biology and Circumpolar Studies Diploma, as well as graduate diplomas in Bioenvironmental Monitoring & Assessment and Educational & Community Leadership.

Several of Trent University’s most accomplished students are also graduating having received prestigious awards:

  • The Governor General’s Gold Medal for highest academic standing in graduate programs awarded to Katharine Viscardis, Ph.D. in Canadian Studies. The Governor General’s Silver Medal, presented to the undergraduate student with the highest academic standing, awarded to Stephanie Dagg in Psychology.
  • The President’s Medal, established in 2009, awarded to three graduate students who achieved academic excellence in several degree programs: Elisha Ieshontenhawe King, (M.A. Sustainability Studies); Ainsely Lewis, (Ph.D. Environmental and Life Sciences); and Emily Storfie, (M.Sc. in Environmental and Life Sciences).
  • The Symons Medal, established in 1972 in honour of Trent’s founding president T.H.B. Symons, awarded to four undergraduate students in the Honours program who achieve high overall standing on graduation: (Nathan) Alexander Baron (English Literature & History); Gillian Forbes (Economics & Anthropology); Haley Gilchrist (Mathematics); and Emma McGinnis (Biomedical Science)
  • The Bagnani Medal, established in 1986 to honour the late founding faculty member Professor Gilbert Bagnani, awarded to two students in the General program who achieve high overall standing on graduation: Nikisha Thapar (Gender and Social Justice); and James Dobbie (Psychology).
  • The Muldoon Medal, established in honour of Joe Muldoon, a long-time Trent employee who served as head of Trent University Durham from 2013-19, awarded to two graduating Trent Durham students (General and Honours) who achieved high academic standing: Emma Johnston (Business Administration); and Sarah Squires (Communications).

Five outstanding individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to society are also recognized as the University’s 2020/21 honorary degree recipients – Trent’s highest honour. Recipients include: Lisa LaFlamme, trailblazer for women in broadcasting; Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, scientist, innovator and CEO of MaRS Discovery District; accomplished leader and activist, Mobeenuddin (Mobeen) Hasan Khaja; visionary conservation leader, Ronald Reid; as well as celebrated Olympian, and Indigenous and human rights advocate, Waneek Horn-Miller. Each of the honorary degree recipients will extend inspirational words to Trent’s graduating class as part of the virtual celebrations.

Members of the Trent community and the general public are invited to watch Grad From Your Pad at, or follow @TrentUniversity and @TrentAlumni on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and add their own comments, stories, photos, and celebratory moments during the event by using the hashtag #GradFromYourPad.

About Trent University

One of Canada’s top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that’s personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent’s unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent’s students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent’s Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

For more information contact:

Cara Walsh, Communications & Media Relations Officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6240 or [email protected]


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