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UBC Virtual Graduation - Keynote from Rick Mercer, OC, DLitt'10

Watch UBC's Virtual Graduation Ceremonies - June 17th
Featuring a Special Keynote by Rick Mercer, OC, DLitt'10

Wednesday, June 17th
UBC Vancouver - 9:30 am PDT / UBC Okanagan - 2:30 pm PDT

These virtual ceremonies celebrate the very real accomplishments of UBC graduates. While we may not be gathering in person, we stand with our graduates in spirit, take pride in their achievements and share their joy. Please join us as we celebrate the Class of 2020's extraordinary accomplishments. A highlight of the ceremony will be the keynote address from Canadian icon and comedian Rick Mercer, who was a 2010 UBC honorary degree recipient.

All are welcome!

UBC Celebrates Together - Join us in celebrating the Class of 2020

UBC Celebrates Together

Wednesday, June 17th
Immediately following both ceremonies

After years of hard work and dedication, the Class of 2020 have earned their UBC credentials. To help celebrate this milestone together from home, alumni UBC presents UBC Celebrates Together, a global broadcast to follow UBC Virtual Graduation events on June 17th. This 20-minute online event will feature special messages for the Class of 2020 by UBC speakers, volunteers, and alumni, as well as an at-home performance by Juno Award winning Canadian artist, Bahamas. We hope you will join the Class of 2020, family and friends, UBC staff, students, and alumni as we all celebrate together online.

Let us know you'll be joining us and you’ll be entered to win a $500 pre-paid Mastercard*:

Prize provided by alumni UBC's Pillar Partners: BMO® alumni UBC Mastercard®, Manulife, and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex. *One prize for each campus.

Webinar - Coping Together: How community connection lifts us mentally, socially, and physiologically

Webinar - Coping Together: How community connection lifts us mentally, socially, and physiologically

Friday, June 19th | 10:30-11:30 am PDT

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress for every member of society: whether it is job loss, financial insecurity, health and safety concerns, difficult choices, an unknown future, or social isolation. But in this time of fear and uncertainty, we’ve also been heartened by good news stories in our community: businesses have transitioned to supply personal protective equipment, students have volunteered to deliver groceries to seniors, and neighbours join together daily to cheer for frontline workers. Join UBC experts from the Faculty of Arts and the School of Nursing to discuss how community connection can continue to bring us hope, including what nurses can teach us from supporting patients, and the science behind coping with stress.


UBC's Statement on Racism - President's Weekly Update: June 5, 2020
- UBC President & Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono

UBC to establish new downtown Kelowna presence
- UBC Okanagan News

How to talk to kids about race, and why you should start now
- CBC News

UBC alumna earns $200,000 Oxford scholarship
- Burnaby Now

Lynn Wainwright, BA'94, BEd'95, Winner of 2020 UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Teacher of the Year Award!
- UBC Faculty of Education

UBC Okanagan alumnus produces medical face shields for Health Canada
- UBC Okanagan News

Education minister endorses push for more black history curriculum in B.C. schools
- CBC News

Arts Alumni respond to COVID-19
- UBC Faculty of Arts

Your campus, your call! This summer elect your Convocation representatives to the Vancouver Senate.
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The Price of Tomorrow: A Conversation with Jeff Booth About Today’s Economy

Webinar - The Price of Tomorrow: A Conversation with Jeff Booth About Today’s Economy

Monday, June 29th | 12:00-1:00 pm PDT

For more than 20 years, Jeff Booth has been a visionary leader in the local technology sector, being named Person of the Year (2015) by the BC Technology Industry Association and one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2016) by Goldman Sachs. In his new book, The Price of Tomorrow: Why Deflation is the Key to an Abundant Future, he offers a provocative thesis about the current state of our economies and what must happen to enable a brighter future in a technology-driven world. In fact, much of what Jeff forecasted in his book is unfolding in real-time as governments respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear from him as he presents key themes from the book and how they are impacting the world today, followed by a Q&A, moderated by Elicia Salzberg, BCom’06, JD’10, Lecturer, UBC Sauder School of Business.

Webinar - Family Ties: Connecting Food and Learning at Home

Webinar - Family Ties: Connecting Food and Learning at Home

Tuesday, June 30th | 2:00-3:00 pm PDT

Since COVID-19 began, people’s relationship with food has been upended. Before, people may have had some meals provided at work, school, or at social functions, but in isolation many have taken it upon themselves to become self-sufficient in their daily meal preparation. There has been a massive increase in the public’s interest in food, and the kitchen has once again become the hearth around which people gather to share, to learn, and to connect. Join the UBC Faculty of Education and Faculty of Land and Food Systems in a delicious discussion on the kitchen as the classroom.

Join us online for alumNIGHTS Pride

Join us online for alumNIGHTS Pride

Friday, June 12th | 7:00-8:00 pm PDT

We still have every reason to celebrate Pride so we’re moving the celebration online.

It will feature fabulous music and a live performance. DJ O Show will bring her passion for music, with energy-filled playlists and memorable sets and Maiden China, BA'15, will offer two striking drag performances. The evening is hosted by all UBC Vancouver faculties. Come mix, mingle and kick-off the Pride Season with fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the LGBTQ2SIA+ community.

All are welcome!

Your Next Career Step podcast

Your Next Career Step podcast: Effective ways to lead virtual teams

Episode 2 of the Your Next Career Step podcast is available now. On this episode, we're talking with Certified Leadership Coach, Project Management Professional, and owner of Shine Forward Consulting, Magdalena Blasiak, BA’99, about leading virtual teams effectively.

Webinar - How to tell a great story using data

Webinar - How to tell a great story using data

Thursday, June 25th | 12:00-1:00 pm PDT

Storytelling has earned its place as the most important tradition humans possess. How can we become great storytellers when those stories rely on data? What are those best practices on data visualization that we should follow and what are the pitfalls we should avoid? Attendees will learn what data visualization and data storytelling is all about, why it is an important skill to master, and what are those steps and best practices to follow in telling their data story. The webinar is catered to anyone wanting to pick up their data storytelling skills, regardless if they want to create data visualizations or just consume them.

Songs of Comfort


In spite of the distance that separates us, UBC’s global alumni community is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic together with kindness and resilience. At a difficult time like this, we can’t underestimate the power of music to convey the compassion we have for one another. In recent months, UBC President & Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono has been recording performances on his cello, often with UBC students, as part of the #SongsofComfort movement. We hope that you find comfort in listening to these beautiful performances.

Webinar Replay - A Conversation with Dr. Bonnie Henry

Webinar Replay - A Conversation with Dr. Bonnie Henry

Hear from Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia's Provincial Health Officer and Clinical Associate Professor at UBC, and Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean of the UBC Faculty of Medicine, as they explore the meaning of public health, and how many of its lesser-known aspects are crucial to how we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recorded June 8, 2020.

Webinar - Quiet Leadership, featuring Faris Khalifeh

Webinar - Quiet Leadership

Thursday, June 18th | 12:00-1:00 pm PDT

Do you feel like your career is being hindered by your temperament? Are you overlooked for leadership roles because of your quiet nature? Do you feel pressured to go against your authentic self to get recognized? Around 50% of the population are introverts and in this upcoming webinar, presenter Faris Khalifeh will illustrate that you don’t have to be loud to be a great leader, and that you can be impactful by being soft-spoken, quiet and gentle.

Pets Plus Us - pet insurance

Alumni Savings - Save on pet insurance from Pets Plus Us

Dogs and cats get sick and injured just like we do. Pets Plus Us pet insurance is designed to provide pet owners like you with the financial security to provide the best veterinary care available for your pet. As UBC alumni, you receive a preferred rate* on your pet insurance policy using offer code UBC19.

Indian Summer Festival announces June events

Indian Summer Festival announces June events

Indian Summer Festival has just announced more online events! Night of the Raga (June 13) reunites some of the most outstanding classical musicians in India. Tea with Waris (June 20) is an opportunity to pause and take a cup of tea with Waris Ahluwalia. Finally, 5x15 Global Edition (June 27) is a speakers series with 6 speakers talking for 10 minutes each.

As a proud sponsor of the Indian Summer Festival, UBC is pleased to share this unique online opportunity with its alumni.

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