Source: Brock University
Academic excellence recognized at Fall Convocation
October 17, 2006
University will recognize the recipients of the Governor General's Silver
Medals at the 2006 Fall Convocation ceremony, taking place on Saturday, Oct.
Julianne Tenhaaf and Thomas Farrar, who graduated in the spring, will return
to receive the medals as the top undergraduate students with the highest
cumulative overall average for the academic year receiving their first
"These award winners represent the high quality of students who choose to
study at Brock," said Brock President Jack N. Lightstone. "It takes
dedication and hard work to achieve this level of scholarship and I
sincerely congratulate them on their accomplishments."
# Julianne Tenhaaf, Jordan, Ont.
Honours Bachelor of Arts, Speech and Language Sciences
# Thomas Farrar, Waterloo, Ont.
Honours Bachelor of Science - Mathematics Integrated with Computers and
Applications (MICA), concentration in statistics
Tenhaaf is continuing her studies at the University of Western Ontario in
London, Ont., working towards a Master of Clinical Science degree in
Communication Sciences and Disorders. Farrar is working toward a Master of
Mathematics in statistics at the University of Waterloo. His research
interests include Monte Carlo sampling algorithms and high-dimensional
nonparametric statistical testing.
The number of silver medals awarded by individual universities is determined
by the institution's full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate enrolment.
Brock awards two Governor General's Silver Medals because the University has
an FTE undergraduate enrolment between 15,000 and 25,000 students.
Lord Dufferin, Canada's third Governor General after Confederation, created
the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the
nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that
students in Canadian schools can receive.
For more than 125 years, the Governor General's Academic Medals have
recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada.
They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a
high school, as well as from approved college or university programs. Pierre
Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and
Gabrielle Roy are just some of the more than 50,000 people who have received
the Governor General's Academic Medal as the start of a life of
Brock's 2006 Fall Convocation will be celebrated during ceremonies taking
place on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21. The University's fifth
President and Vice-Chancellor, Jack N. Lightstone, will officially be
installed at the Friday ceremony. The University will confer 715
undergraduate and graduate degrees from all six Faculties, during its Fall
These ceremonies will also mark the last convocation for Dr. Raymond
Moriyama as Brock's Chancellor. Moriyama will complete his term as
Chancellor on March 31, 2007.
All ceremonies will be held in the Walker Complex at the west end of campus
in the 23,000- square-foot Ian D. Beddis gymnasium. A reception for
graduates, family members and other special guests will be held after each