News at the University of New Brunswick

1 831 students receive degrees at UNB s spring graduation ceremonies

Author: Communications

Posted on May 21, 2010


The University of New Brunswick celebrated the accomplishments of 1,831 graduates from across Canada and around the world at its spring graduation ceremonies in Fredericton and Saint John, May 19-21.

This year’s graduation ceremonies saw 1,604 students receive bachelor’s degrees, 200 earn master’s degrees and 27 achieve the highest level of academic achievement, the PhD.

The university’s top honour, the Governor General’s Silver Medal, went to bachelor of science graduate Andrew Douglas Baird of Fredericton. Mr. Baird 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 also received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal in science.

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. In addition to Mr. Baird, the 2010 recipients at UNB Fredericton include Lucas Alexander Comeau for computer science, Philippe Jacques Couturier for engineering, Meghan Elizabeth Fox for kinesiology, Monica Carrolle McKendy for the faculty of forestry and environmental management, and John Kenneth Caldwell Townsend for the faculty of law — all of Fredericton. Also receiving Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medals were Terry Johnathon Cormier of Moncton, N.B., for nursing; Janet Raquel Jorgenson of Olds, Alta., for Renaissance College; Steve Ryan McNair of Charlo, N.B., for arts; and Meghan Elissa Porter of Canterbury, N.B., for business administration.

Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal recipients at UNB Saint John were: Kathleen Rose Savage of Quispamsis, N.B. for arts; Julie Patricia Fitzpatrick of Saint John, N.B. for business; and Taryn Elaine O’Neill of Saint John, N.B. for science, applied science and engineering. Miss O’Neill also received the City of Saint John Award. This award is given annually to the academically outstanding student who completes her or his degree while registered in a UNB Saint John program.

David Philip Bryden of Fredericton, who graduated in Fredericton with a bachelor of arts, 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.

For a complete list of graduates and details on UNB spring graduation ceremonies, visit the graduation website at

About UNB

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. With more than 12,500 full- and part-time students from more than 100 countries, UNB has the best student-to-faculty ratio of Canada’s comprehensive universities, according to Maclean’s magazine. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts over 75 per cent of the province’s university research. The university has an annual operating budget of more than $165 million and annually employs more than 3,500 faculty, staff and students. UNB’s two main campuses are located in Fredericton and Saint John, N.B.


Sandra Howland, Manager, Ceremonies and Events (506) 458-7968