St. Thomas University celebrated the Class of 2023 at our Spring Convocation on May 16. Browse this page to revisit Convocation events and learn more about the achievements of our graduates. 

Valedictory Address

In her valedictory address, Leanne Hudson speaks about the transformative experiences students have at STU.

Address to Graduates

Honorary degree recipient Ted Nolan spoke to the Class of 2023 about finding opportunities in adversity.


Message from the Grad Class President, Madison Leblanc

“We get to finish where we started, with our friends. Regardless of when you started or when you are finishing at STU, you are still a part of this path we have walked. We have taken risks, remained determined, shown resilience, found gratitude, and developed independence.


St. Thomas you have guided us on a path making friends and memories that will last a lifetime. You allowed our young minds to explore new areas and find our passions. As time comes to an end here, I know that the student who walks across the stage on May 16th is different than the student who stepped foot on campus in 2019. St. Thomas has guided us on a path, and now it is time to walk our own.”


President's Welcome

Acting President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Kim Fenwick welcomes all to Spring Convocation 2023.

Traditional Song

Hear honorary degree recipient Melanie Ross sing the traditional song "The Banks of the Miramichi" at Spring Convocation.


Tom McCann Memorial Trophy Recipient: Isabella Mehlitz

Isabella Mehlitz, a graduating student from Fredericton who achieved excellence in academics and community service, praised the values instilled in her through her classes and campus activities as she received the top student award at St. Thomas University.  


“The value of working as a team, becoming active in my community, and positively impacting others are among the many values I learned at STU that this award represents.” 


The Thomas McCann Memorial Trophy is STU’s most respected and cherished award. It is presented to a student who possesses strong leadership, character, and personality traits, and who best portrays the spirit of the university through their contributions. 

2023 University Medal Winners

Governor General’s Academic Medal
Mason Rattee, Delta, BC
Bachelor of Arts - Honours in Great Books


The Governor General’s Medal, established in 1873, is one of the most prestigious awards that can be received by a student in a Canadian educational institution. It is presented to the student with the highest academic standing in the graduating class.




University Medal for Arts 
Adam McDougall, Calgary, AB 
Bachelor of Arts – Honours in Political Science

The University Medal for Academic Excellence in Arts is awarded to the graduating student with the highest overall standing in the Bachelor of Arts program. The medal, the highest Arts award given by St. Thomas University, is made possible by an endowment created by President Emeritus Dr. Daniel O’Brien and his family.


University Medal for Social Work
Brandy-Leigh Parr, Fredericton, NB
Mi’kmaq-Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work

The University Medal for Academic Excellence in Social Work is awarded to the graduating student with the highest overall standing in the Bachelor of Social Work program.  This  medal is made possible through an endowment created by President Emeritus, Dr. Daniel O’Brien and his family.