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Academic Awards Nights a sign of expanding excellence

Prof. Charles Dyer addresses students at awards night.

It is clear that academic excellence is thriving on our campus: this year for the first time in UTSC’s history, two separate ceremonies were held to accommodate the growing number of honoured students--more than 440 made the honours list.

U of T and its campuses are known for their commitment to academic excellence and scholarship, which helps to attract the best students, many of whom were recognized for their hard work at the annual event.

During both events, the supporters of scholarships and awards were acknowledged for their generosity.  Some of them were on hand to congratulate student winners.  Words of encouragement were provided by Ruth Wolff of the Canadian Federation of University Women and by Professor Charles Dyer, Associate Chair, Physics and Astrophysics, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences.

Professor Rick Halpern hosted both of the Awards Nights and called each student to the podium to accept their award. “This year’s recipients have much to be proud of.  Not only have they excelled in their studies, they also play an active role in the life of our campus by their enthusiastic leadership,” he said.

Professor Franco Vaccarino told the audiences of student winners, parents, friends and supporters that the campus continues to invest in the student experience.  “A big part of my role as Principal is to ensure that you have the resources and support you need to thrive in this learning environment.  We try to stay on top of your needs and work to fulfill our commitment to continuous improvement –new academic programs, new state-of-the-art learning spaces, enhanced technological learning and study areas.”

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