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University of New Brunswick announces valedictorians

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Oct 15, 2020

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

Valedictorians Kathryn Magee and Mallory Parsons

The University of New Brunswick will celebrate the accomplishments of its 2020 graduates at virtual graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The ceremonies for graduates on the Fredericton campus will take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the Saint John event being held at 5 p.m. Information regarding the degrees to be distributed at each specific ceremony can be found at unb.ca/graduation.

Two valedictorians will virtually address UNB’s graduating class of 2020 during the Nov. 7 ceremonies.

Kathryn Magee

Valedictorian Kathryn Magee will address graduates in the faculties of arts; science, applied science and engineering; and business on the Saint John campus. “I am thrilled and honoured to be selected as the valedictorian for UNBSJ's class of 2020,” she says. “I am looking forward to our graduation ceremony on Nov. 7."

Kathryn Magee received her bachelor of business administration, with distinction, with a major in accounting this past May. Committed to her studies, she was recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants Association for the highest mark in accounting in 2019. For two years in a row, Magee received the CPA Prize, and in 2018, was a member of the winning team in a J.D. Irving Accounting Case Competition.

A dean’s list student throughout university, Magee is the recipient of a number of scholarships and is a two-time recipient of the ACAA’s prestigious Rod Shoveller Memorial Award for Excellence in Academics, Athletics and Community. She is a 2020 Graduating Student Leader Award recipient, who is currently pursuing her bachelor of education degree.

Read Kathryn’s full story.

Mallory Parsons

Like all University of New Brunswick graduates of the Class of 2020, Fredericton campus valedictorian Mallory Parsons never expected to finish her final semester of studies from home.

“The COVID-19 pandemic interfered with the ending [my classmates and I] had envisioned,” says Parsons. “The opportunity to attend banquets, award ceremonies, formal goodbyes, and most importantly, beaming with pride as we receive our diplomas, surrounded by classmates and family.”

A first-generation graduate, Parsons received her bachelor of science in kinesiology from UNB in May. She is currently studying naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

"The words ‘honoured’ and ‘proud’ are an understatement in expressing the amount of gratitude I feel to have been chosen as a representative of the class of 2020,” says Parsons.

Read Mallory’s full story.

Watch the University of New Brunswick’s graduation ceremonies at unb.ca/graduation, or on the Facebook pages for UNB Fredericton and UNB Saint John.

Media contact: Kelsey Pye