Students from the Common Law Class of 2018 gathered with Faculty members at the National Arts Centre on Monday, June 11, 2018 to reflect on their time at the law school and celebrate their milestone achievement.
Dean Adam Dodek spoke at the event, highlighting the hard work and dedication everyone put in to obtain their law degree. He encouraged students to embrace their upcoming career paths, and he looks forward to seeing them become community builders, innovators and leaders in the years ahead.
The Convocation ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa. On top of the conferring of degrees on the Class of 2018, the day was marked by two special presentations. Calin Rovinescu, Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, conferred an honourary doctorate upon Cindy Blackstock, Professor at the McGill School of Social Work and Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Dr. Blackstone, a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, was recognized for her tireless efforts to compel Canada’s institutions to respect the rights of Indigenous children.
Dean Adam Dodek and Civil Law Dean Céline Levesque also presided over a special presentation, inducting Spirit Bear as a mem-BEAR of the Common Law and Civil Law Honour Societies. A member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, Spirit Bear represents the 165,000 First Nations children impacted by the First Nations child welfare case at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, as well as the thousands of other children who have committed to learning about the case and have taken part in peaceful and respectful actions in support of reconciliation and equity. He was gifted to Dr. Blackstock in 2007, and has since become a recognized ambassador of reconciliation.
The Faculty would also like to congratulate Isabelle St-Hilaire (Gold Medalist), Émilie Bruneau (Silver Medalist, 1st recipient) and François Guay-Racine (Silver Medalist, 2nd recipient) on their outstanding academic achievements. Isabelle and Émilie are graduates of the French Common Law Program, while François is a graduate of the Programme de droit canadien.
On behalf of the faculty and support staff, best wishes to the class of 2018 and success in your future projects and endeavours!