Today at convocation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 4, 2013 June 4 9 am and 2 pm TCU Place, 35 22 Street East, Saskatoon

9 am ceremony. The academic procession begins at 8:45 am, speeches at 9 am and graduates start walking across the stage at 10 am
Graduating: Arts and Science and Centre for Continuing and Distance Education (Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education, Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, Certificate in English for Academic Purposes)
Student of interest: Sasha Hanson Pastran, 22, is graduating with an international studies honours degree in the Latin American stream with recognition in Spanish from the College of Arts and Science. Hanson Pastran was born along with her twin sister Xochitl in Estelí, Nicaragua, but has spent most of her life in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She is passionate about social justice issues, inter-cultural co-operation, community development, peace and sustainability. Hanson Pastran has been involved in sport since an early age, and has played soccer at many levels, including in the Guatemalan Women's National Football League. Her most memorable university experiences include a term abroad in Guatemala, a graduate- level community health class in Nicaragua, and involving herself in international-related clubs and activities on campus. Her achievements have earned her numerous awards and honours including a finalist position in the University of Oxford's Rhodes Scholarship competition.
June 4—2 pm ceremony. The academic procession begins at 1:45 pm, speeches at 2 pm and graduates start walking across the stage at 3 pm.
Graduating: Arts and Science, School of Environment and Sustainability and School of Public Policy
Student of interest: Lana Garcelon, 23, is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology degree and a specialization in Aboriginal justice and criminology. After spending the past seven months counselling criminals in Vancouver and mediating land claims in New Zealand, Lana Garcelon is ready to apply her passion for Aboriginal justice closer to home. Garcelon spent the past academic year in the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology (ABJAC) program, housed in the sociology department in the College of Arts and Science. The program—open only to students of Aboriginal ancestry —was established in 1991 and remains unique in North America, helping prepare students for justice-related careers. From September to December 2012, she worked with the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association (NCCA) of British Columbia. Stationed predominantly in Vancouver's east side, Garcelon helped Aboriginal clients navigate the criminal justice system. In January, Garcelon travelled to New Zealand for a three-month internship with the Maori Land Court. The organization oversees land-related matters for the Maori, an Indigenous Polynesian population in that country. Travelling the country to meet with clients, Garcelon said she was struck by the mutual respect different cultures have for one another.
For more information, contact:
Meghan Sired

Communications co-ordinator
Share this story