The University of New Brunswick celebrated the accomplishments of 1,649 graduates from across Canada and around the world at its spring graduation ceremonies in Fredericton and Saint John, May 16 to 18.

This year’s graduation ceremonies saw 1,384 students receive bachelor’s degrees, 241 earn master’s degrees and 24 achieve the highest level of academic achievement, the PhD.

The university’s top honour, the Governor General’s Silver Medal, went to Allan Kember of Summerside, P.E.I.  Mr. Kember achieved the highest academic standing, over the duration of his degree program, of all students graduating at the undergraduate level from UNB in Fredericton and Saint John.  He graduated with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

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 2012 recipients at UNB Fredericton are Jordan Schriver of Moncton, N.B., for arts; Simon Bowser, of Moncton, N.B., for business administration; Mircea Davidescu, of Bucuresti, Romania, for computer science; Allan Kember, of Summerside, P.E.I., for engineering; Jennifer Neilson, of Thunder Bay, Ont., for forestry and environmental management; Heather Ambrey, of Ottawa, Ont., for kinesiology; Shane Westin, of Georgetown, Cayman Islands, for law; Saira Mahmud, of Moncton, N.B., for nursing; Catherine Wilson, of Sundre, Alta., for Renaissance College; and Eric Pond, of Fredericton, for science. The medal for education is awarded at fall Convocation.

Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal recipients at UNB Saint John are Eima Hajizadeh, of Rothesay, N.B., for arts; Holly Steeves, of London, Ont., for science, applied science and engineering; and Lori Ann Davis, of Rothesay, N.B., for business administration.

Travis Wysote, of Campbellton, N.B., 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 Holly Steeves, of London, Ont., who graduated with a bachelor of science, applied science and engineering.

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