If you looked up lifelong learning in the dictionary, it could well read "See Jo Gardner."
Gardner started her educational journey in 1947 with a certificate in dental hygiene from the University of Oregon. This spring, she marks another milestone when she graduates at age 72 with a Bachelor of Dental Science.
Gardner will be one of more than 5,000 students receiving degrees during Spring
Congregation May 24-29 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
A cross between a midwife and a truffle hound -- that's how Killam Teaching Prize winner Christine Parkin describes her role as teacher.
"Both aspects need to be there," says Parkin, a senior instructor in the English
Dept. "I help create the conditions for the students' intellectual birth and
then I try to root out the best they're capable of."
Fourteen students have been named Wesbrook Scholars, an honorary designation for outstanding achievement among undergraduates.
Awarded annually, the honour is reserved for a maximum of 20 students who
are nominated by their faculty or school and selected by a committee. The students
receive a certificate, and a memento, and the designation appears on their permanent
At UBC and other Canadian universities, gold medals are presented to students
who have achieved the highest standing in graduate studies at both the master's
and doctoral level.
As graduating students and visitors stroll through campus during the week of Spring Congregation, they'll be greeted periodically by the sound of carillon chimes ringing out from the Ladner Clock Tower in front of Main Library.
A new carillon, an organ-like instrument housed beside the clock tower, replaced
the original last year.
Twenty-eight UBC students finished at the head of their class this year, including
recipients of the Governor General's Academic Medals.
The UBC Alumni Association has named 11 outstanding individuals -- students,
business leaders, academics and physicians among them -- as winners of its annual
Former UBC president David Strangway is one of eight individuals to
receive an honorary degree from UBC during this year's Spring Congregation.
The more than 5,000 UBC students graduating at Congregation this year aren't the only ones receiving degrees.
UBC President Martha Piper is getting one of her own -- an honorary degree
from McGill University.
Among the throngs of graduating students passing through the Chan Centre will
be 132 varsity athletes. And if, in 30 or so years, somebody asks any of them
what they recall about sport at UBC in their graduating year, they won't have
to think particularly hard.
Five members of the campus community are receiving the President's Service Award for Excellence for distinguished contributions to the university.
Each winner will receive a gold medal and $5,000 during Spring Congregation
The university distributed $5 million in need-based financial assistance to
2,822 students as bursaries and low-interest loans during the fiscal year ending
March 31, 1998.
Think of it as the Alumni Association -- the Next Generation.
A group of recent grads has banded together to form the UBC Young Alumni,
a branch of the Alumni Association devoted to offering services and activities
that meet the needs of those who have graduated within the past 10 years.