Western News – Special Coverage: Spring 2022 Convocation

western news celebrates this year’s graduating class of 2022 by sharing some of their stories and covering this milestone moment.

The in-person convocation returns with a series of ceremonies June 13-24 celebrating the class of 2022. About 8,000 students are graduating this spring, joining approximately 330,000 Western alumni in 160 countries. 2020 and 2021 graduates who had virtual celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions have the option of attending in-person ceremonies on campus July 4-8 or when called in the future.
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For the first time since the pandemic, Western graduates are convening and celebrating their achievements in person this spring. (Western Communications file photo)

Don’t let the title of George Wang’s podcast fool you. He is anything but young and stupid. Wang is rather an old and wise soul. Wang, who earned his bachelor’s degree in medical science (honours with honors and biochemistry and cell biology), as well as a major in Italian language and culture, is one of nearly 8,000 students graduating this spring.
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George Wang, BMSc'22

George Wang is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in medical science this spring. (photo sent)

Tyrese Walters has a soft spot for musical theatre. And alt-rock and indy music. The marching bands too. But during his four years at Western, he found his heart lay in conducting backing vocals.
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Tyrese Walters on the microphone

Tyrese Walters earns a degree in music performance and plans to become a choirmaster. (photo sent)

Lara Plokhaar’s college journey took a more circuitous path than she had originally anticipated or hoped. But what has remained constant over the past five years is his intention to take the stage at Convocation with Grainger by his side.
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Lara Plokhaar and Grainger

Lara Plokhaar will walk across the stage with Grainger by her side. (Debora Van Brenk, Western Communications)

On a typical “retreat” day, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull and his team will see and treat approximately half of Ottawa’s homeless population. Turnbull knows their medical and mental afflictions and addictions. More importantly, he knows their names and their stories. “They’re like family,” says Turnbull, who received an honorary doctorate from Western on June 3.
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Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull meets a homeless woman

Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, whose medical practice is dedicated to people experiencing homelessness and addiction, will receive an honorary doctorate from Western University on Friday, June 3. (Photo source: The Ottawa Hospital)

A special in-person graduation ceremony was held on April 1 to celebrate the achievements of 20 Indigenous students who graduated this spring. They were honored with video greetings from Myrna Kicknosway, one of the Elders who have helped support and guide Indigenous studentsand songs and drums from London eagle flight singers.
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Native drum, eagle feather and shawl on campus at Western University

Western University campus. (Western Communications file photo)