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UNB announces valedictorians for spring graduation ceremonies

Author: Communications

Posted on May 5, 2011

Category: myUNB , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton

Five Atlantic Canadian women will represent their graduating classes as this year’s selected valedictorians.

Shannon Carmont-McKinley of Hartland, N.B.; Elizabeth Hallet of Florenceville-Bristol, N.B.; Kathy Priscilla Moulton of Saint John’s, N.L.; Julia Madeline Coleman of Fredericton; and Vasiliki Papadopoulos of Quispamsis, N.B.; will help to make the spring graduation ceremonies memorable for their peers.

UNB’s 182th Encaenia ceremonies in Fredericton will be held May 18 and 19 at the new Richard J. CURRIE CENTER. On May 20, UNB Saint John will hold its 37th Spring Convocation at the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre.

UNB Fredericton

There will be four ceremonies at UNB Fredericton Encaenia.

Ceremony A – May 18 at 10 a.m.

Shannon Carmont-McKinley will receive a bachelor of science in chemistry-physics and deliver the Valedictory Address to graduates in the faculties of science and nursing. Ms. Carmont-McKinley has served as president and vice-president academic of the Student Union, and on the UNB Board of Governors.  She won the Student Union Recognition Award-Gold, the UNB Third Century Fund Merit Award, the MacLauchlan McKenzie Student Leadership Scholarship and was on the Dean's List every year of her degree.  Ms. Carmont-McKinley plans to go to medical school in the future and work in public policy.

Ceremony B – May 18 at 2 p.m.

Elizabeth Hallett will deliver the Valedictory Address to graduates in the faculties of business administration, kinesiology, and education, and receive a, bachelor of science in kinesiology degree. This past year, she served as the kinesiology representative on the Student Union, a peer mentor and as a volunteer with Kin Kids.  She was a member of UNB’s cross country team for two years and a proctor in Bridges House from 2008 to 2010.   During her studies Ms. Hallett volunteered her time with UNB’s Take H.E.A.R.T program and the Parkinson’s Society’s balance and fall prevention exercise class.  She hopes to attend chiropractic college and open a chiropractic practice. 

Ceremony C – May 19 at 10 a.m.


Kathy Priscilla Moulton will receive a bachelor of laws and deliver the Valedictory Address to graduates in the faculties of arts, law and Renaissance College.  A member of the International Law Society and the Aboriginal Law Society, Ms. Moulton also volunteered with many organizations, including the Fredericton Legal Advice Clinic, Pro Bono Students Canada, and the Family Law Legal Information Project.  She won the Lexpert Zenith Pro Bono Award, the Zoe Odei Scholarship, the Harold Puddester Award, and the Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence Award. Ms. Moulton will begin her law career articling with the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission. 

Ceremony D- May 19 at 2 p.m.

Julia Madeline Coleman will deliver the Valedictory Address to graduates in the faculties of engineering, forestry and environmental management, and computer science. She is graduating with a bachelor of science in civil engineering with a minor in business administration, Ms. Coleman served as Student Union vice-president student services and held a number of positions with the Engineering Undergraduate Society Executive. She was a member of the board of the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, the Atlantic Council of Engineering Students Executive, and participated on the Canadian Women’s Tackle Football team, and Team NB Alpine Ski Team for the 2007 Canada Games.  She’s won the UNB Third Century Fund Merit Award and the William P. Cooper Scholarship. Ms. Coleman plans to pursue an MBA in the future.

UNB Saint John - May 20 at 2 p.m.

Vasiliki Papadopoulos will deliver the valedictory address in Saint John and receive a bachelor of science degree with honours, a major in biology and psychology and a minor in chemistry. Ms. Papadopoulos is a member of the Graduating Class Executive, the Students Representative Council and the Saint John Senate. While at UNB Saint John, she was a campus tour guide and peer mentor to first-year students.  She was a member of the Psychology Society, the Golden Key International Society, the World University Services of Canada and the Biology Society.  Ms. Papadopoulos has received awards from UNB including the 2011 UNB Graduating Student Leader Award, UNB Associated Alumni Leadership Award, and the Leslie Kelly Memorial Prize.   She will be attending medical school in the fall.