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Spring 2017 Convocation:
OISE grads take stage June 16, 22

June 14, 2017

Smiling graduates

Live coverage: Follow @OISEUofT on Twitter on June 16 and June 22

OISE graduates will take stage at the University of Toronto’s 2017 convocation on June 16 and June 22 at Convocation Hall.

“We are so proud of OISE’s graduates,” said OISE Dean Glen Jones. “Each year, we continue to be amazed by the incredible knowledge, skill, talent, drive and ambition demonstrated by these remarkable scholars. We look forward to seeing how these outstanding graduates will change the world.”

Addressing the audience at the June 22 event will be OISE Professor and Aboriginal scholar Jean-Paul Restoule. Ontario Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter will speak at the June 16 event.

"It is an absolute honour for me to address OISE's class of 2017, inspiring educators who have the opportunity to create a more just and equitable future for all,” said Restoule.

“The potential exists for a new era of relationship building and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada and OISE graduates have an important role to play in facilitating the processes of reconciliation and Indigenous resurgence,” he continued.

Leader in Aboriginal education

A member of the Dokis First Nation and Anishinaabe, Restoule is a leader in Aboriginal Education. His research focuses on Indigenizing and decolonizing teacher education, supporting Indigenous student success and more.

Restoule is also one of the founders of OISE’s Deepening Knowledge Project, an initiative aimed at infusing Aboriginal peoples’ histories, knowledges and pedagogies into all levels of education in Canada.

He also recently served as Indigenous curriculum lead for an innovative online course for First Nations school principals, and was the lead course designer of OISE’s first and hugely successful Massive Open Online Course, Aboriginal Worldviews and Education, which examines how Indigenous perspectives can benefit all learners.

Devoted to fairness, inclusivity

In addition to her provincial portfolio in education, Hunter, who immigrated with her family from Jamaica in 1975, is MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood. As the former CEO of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Hunter is devoted to solving social, economic and environmental challenges. She also fights for fair and inclusive access to employment, education and prosperity.

On June 16, OISE students from the following programs will graduate:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Education
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Certificate in Leadership and Higher Education
  • More details here

On June 22, OISE students from the following programs will convocate:

  • Master of Arts in Child Study and Education
  • Master of Teaching
  • More details here

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