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UNB celebrates graduates and installs new chancellor

Author: Kathleen McLaughlin

Posted on Oct 16, 2023

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) will honour the achievements of 724 fall graduates at convocation ceremonies on Oct. 19 in Fredericton and Oct. 20 in Saint John.

Three hundred and sixteen people will be awarded bachelor’s degrees, 387 master’s degrees and 21 will earn the highest academic honour, a PhD.

Installation of the Chancellor

H. Wade MacLauchlan (LLB’81) will be inaugurated as UNB's seventh modern Chancellor at the Fredericton ceremony. MacLauchlan is deeply connected to UNB and has held various roles, from student to dean of law.

In the past two decades, he gained prominence in his home province of Prince Edward Island (PEI), serving as UPEI's president (1999-2011) and provincial premier (2015-19). Yet, his UNB ties remain strong. As a Beaverbrook Scholar, he earned his law degree in 1981, cherishing friendships from those days.

He was also an active fundraiser at UNB in the 1990s. As dean, he led the establishment of the $1.5 million Heritage Fund, which still provides benefits to UNB law students. From 1993–94, he was chair of the university-wide faculty-staff component of UNB's Venture Campaign, launching a successful $40-million initiative. From 1997-99, he served as founding director of UNB's multi-disciplinary Centre for Property Studies.

MacLauchlan assumed the chancellor role when Allison McCain finished his second five-year term at the end of June.

Dr. Alan Cherrington

Dr. Alan Cherrington, a distinguished UNB alumnus, will be conferred with an honorary Doctor of Science on Oct. 19.

He holds a bachelor of science from UNB (1967) and earned a master's (1969) and PhD (1973) in physiology from the University of Toronto. Dr. Cherrington is a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also chaired the department of molecular physiology and biophysics for nearly a decade. He is known for his contributions to diabetes research and has received numerous prestigious awards in the field.

In 2016, he was honoured with UNB’s Alumni Award of Distinction. Dr. Cherrington's dedication to science prompted the establishment of the Cherrington Family Scholarships at UNB, benefiting science and nursing students.

Governor General Medals

  • Lisa Jodoin, Governor General’s Gold Medal recipient, Doctor of Philosophy in English.
  • Katie Allen, Governor General’s Silver Medal recipient, Bachelor of Education.

UNB’s fall graduation ceremonies.