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University of Guelph-Humber Students and Program Head to Be Honored at Spring 2019 Convocation Ceremonies

University of Guelph-Humber Students and Program Head to Be Honored at Spring 2019 Convocation Ceremonies

TORONTO, ON – On Monday, June 17, 2019 close to 1,100 University of Guelph-Humber (UofGH) students and a UofGH program head will be recognized as part of convocation ceremonies.

Graduating students from UofGH’s seven undergraduate programs will receive an honours degree from the University of Guelph and a diploma from Humber College.

“I extend my congratulations to each and every one of our 2019 graduates and their families,” says Dr. John Walsh, vice-provost UofGH. “With your integrated education and practical work experience, you are uniquely positioned to enter career employment and/or go on to pursue graduate studies. I wish you much success in your future endeavors.” 

Also as part of the 2019 convocation ceremonies, Dr. Nikki Martyn, program head, Early Childhood studies (ECS) will be honoured for her teaching, service and academic achievement.

Dr. Martyn will receive a University of Guelph (U of G) top faculty award - the John Bell Award - named for a former classics professor and department chair at U of G to recognize outstanding contributions to university education.

“Dr. Martyn became program head of the ECS program at UofGH in 2015. During her tenure, the program intake has more than doubled, and graduates have been accepted into competitive programs and universities throughout Ontario,” said Dr. Walsh. “Additionally, she has served on many committees, including working groups in experiential learning and high-impact practices. The extended UofGH community applauds Dr. Martyn on her significant achievement.”

2019 Convocation Details

Date:               Monday, June 17, 2019
What:              University of Guelph-Humber Convocation
Location:        Pearson Convention Centre, 2638 Steeles Avenue E, Brampton, ON

Ceremonies:  Three ceremonies will take place over the day.

10 a.m. Programs: Business and Psychology

Speaker: Charles “Charlie” Janthur is an award-winning educator with over 15 years' teaching experience, including teaching in the UofGH Business program. Janthur oversees money markets trades with RBC Dominion Securities and CIBC Trust on a day-to-day basis, and is responsible for economic analysis, departmental budgeting and sales.

1:30 p.m. Programs: Justice Studies and Kinesiology

Speaker: Rachel Leck was a member of the University of Guelph-Humber’s first graduating class in 2006. Leck went on to the University of Ottawa where she received her Juris Doctor. In 2015, she joined McCague Borlack LLP’s Ottawa office as a civil litigator specializing in employment, family, child protection and human rights. Last year she was appointed as part-time Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC).

4:30 p.m. Programs: Early Childhood Studies, Family and Community Social Services, and Media Studies

Speaker: Kathy Ullyott assumed the role of program head, Media Studies at UofGH last fall, after serving for five years as the program’s assistant program head and prior to that teaching media practice at Humber College and Ryerson University. Prior to joining the university she won numerous national awards as the editor-in-chief of Homemakers Magazine, executive editor of Canadian Living Magazine, and managing editor of Flare magazine. She has also written for a wide variety of publications and news outlets including the Canadian Press, with a four-year sojourn into public relations practice.

About the University of Guelph-Humber

Founded in 2002, the University of Guelph-Humber prides itself on being a Toronto-based university that offers students the opportunity to achieve two credentials through four years of full-time studies, in one location. Graduates earn an honours degree from the University of Guelph and a diploma from Humber College.

During their studies, every student completes hundreds of hours of work placement; has the chance to take part in international study abroad options, and goes on to career employment and/or graduate studies.

Through its seven undergraduate programs, the University of Guelph-Humber offers its 5,000 students a high impact education through experiential learning within a small class environment. Learn more at: