Webcast links global community to VIU convocation

February 8, 2012 - 4:02am

Family and friends around the world will be able to watch as close to 200 Vancouver Island University students receive degrees at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Thursday and Friday afternoon.

“We had a very positive response when we provided a live webcast of convocation ceremonies for the first time last June,” said VIU President Ralph Nilson. “We have students from close to 70 countries at VIU. The webcast is a wonderful way to bring convocation to friends and family all over the world who cannot attend the celebrations in person.”

VIU employees and community members who are unable to attend convocation in person can sign on to the Internet to watch Winter Convocation which will be held starting at 2:30 pm (PST) Feb. 9 and Feb. 10.

Live streaming video of convocation was also shown on large monitors in VIU’s upper cafeteria and Welcome Centre at the Nanaimo campus.

The link to the webcast is:

It will also be possible to view replays of the proceedings at:

Thursday’s convocation ceremony will include the presentation of Honorary Doctorate of Letters to John Herbert Ross McKeen and Bennett Randall Wong, founders of The Haven Institute on Gabriola Island.

The valedictorian is Evelyne Estelle St-Arnaud, Bachelor of Education.

Degrees to be presented on Thursday:

• Bachelor of Arts

• Bachelor of Education

• Bachelor of Interior Design

• Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Degrees to be presented on Friday:

• Bachelor of Business Administration

• Bachelor of Science

• Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture

• Bachelor of Tourism Management

• Master of Business Administration

The program for convocation is available online at:

A story on the Honorary Doctorate recipients is also available online at:


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