The University of New Brunswick celebrated the accomplishments of 1,715 graduates from across Canada and around the world at its spring graduation ceremonies in Fredericton and Saint John, May 18-20.

This year’s graduation ceremonies saw 1,480 students receive bachelor’s degrees, 213 earn master’s degrees and 22 achieve the highest level of academic achievement, the PhD.

The university’s top honour, the Governor General’s Silver Medal, went to Carolyn Anne Wilson of West Branch, N.B. Ms. Wilson achieved the highest academic standing, over the duration of her degree program, of all students graduating at the undergraduate level from UNB in Fredericton and Saint John.  She graduated with a bachelor of science in biochemistry.

The Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medals are awarded to the top graduating student in each of the university’s faculties in Fredericton and Saint John. The 2011 recipients at UNB Fredericton are Maude Cote-Landry, arts, Mantane, Que.; Xiaoling Zhang, business administration, Fredericton; Aaron Bruce Moss, computer science, Sussex, N.B.; Yao Hong Kok, engineering, Fredericton; Christopher Hugh Smith, forestry and environmental management, Cole Harbour, N.S.; Gillian Denise Lockhart, kinesiology, Bath, N.B.; Lee Matthew Preston Lenkinski, law, Toronto, Ont.; Jamie Lynn Partridge, nursing, Oro, Ont.; Elizabeth Jean Vickers-Drennan, Renaissance College, Bouctouche, N.B.; and Emma Jayne Chaston, science, Hampton, N.B. The medal for education is awarded at fall Convocation.

Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal recipients at UNB Saint John were:

Luke MacNeill, arts, Saint John, N.B.; Vasiliki Raffaela Papadopoulos, science, applied science and engineering, Quispamsis, N.B.; and

Patricia Shirrill Lake, business administration, Pasadena, N.L.

Kelly Rebecca Flinn of Halifax, who graduated with a bachelor of arts in Fredericton received the university’s oldest academic award, the Douglas Gold Medal. It was endowed by Sir Howard Douglas, the third lieutenant-governor of the province, and was first presented in 1833. The medal is awarded for the best composition in prose or verse in Greek, Latin or English, on any subject within the regular course of study pursued in the university.

The City of Saint John Award, given annually to the academically outstanding student who completes her or his degree while registered in a UNB Saint John program, was awarded to Justin Donald Stewart of Saint John, N.B. who graduated with a bachelor of science.

For a complete list of graduates and details on UNB spring graduation ceremonies, visit the graduation website at http://www.unb.ca/graduation .