Alumnae Welcome Reception

Welcome Class of 2017!

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Important Dates to Remember:

  • Deadline to purchase Convocation Lunch Tickets: Wednesday May 31, 2017
  • Baccalaureate: Sunday June 18, 2017
  • Convocation: Monday June 19, 2017

Register Now

Convocation Lunch Tickets Monday, June 19, 2017 Purchase Tickets
Baccalaureate & Convocation Sunday, June 18, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Online Registration Closed
Baccalaureate Only Sunday, June 18, 2017 Online Registration Closed
Convocation Only Monday, June 19, 2017 Online Registration Closed


Still want to attend your graduation and have not yet registered, please contact Alison Vilaca via email or 519-432-8353 x28446 right away!


Graduation Checklist

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Alumnae Ring sized


Need a place to stay in London for the weekend? – Reserve a room in Clare Hall


Want an idea of what Brescia graduation is all about – check out these great memories from 2016!

For more information about your Brescia graduation, please contact Alison Vilaca via email or 519-432-8353 x28446.


CaptureEach year the graduating class is invited to a fun reception hosted by the Alumnae Association celebrating your last days as a Brescia student! It is a time to get sized for your alumnae ring, vote for your Valedictorian, pick up your tickets to Baccalaureate and Convocation Lunch and of course eat lots of yummy food!!

2017 Event Details

Tuesday March 21st starting at 4:30 p.m.
Brescia Auditorium, St James Building

Your 2017 Valedictorian Candidates


Huda Al-Sharafi

Hey class, my name is Huda and I would love to represent our class in the graduation ceremony. My story at Brescia started back in 2011 when I was 16 and in my first year at university. Coming from an International school and being younger than the rest of my classmates, I constantly felt alienated and did not fit in school-wise or socially. It was hard to connect with my older classmates, and my academic and mental health deteriorated leading to my dropping out. Having faced a lot of hardships, I still managed to be stubborn and came back another year. This time, it was to Brescia. I truly found myself at home here. It was where I could be bold. The positivity and support I received from my friends and faculty at Brescia made me feel empowered and I would love to have the honour of speaking on your behalf and reflecting on some of my and your experiences at the convocations  this year.



Emily Kirk

My name is Emily Kirk and I am graduating this year from Brescia with an Honours Double Major in French for Teaching and Psychology. I have been passionate about this campus and Brescia’s values from the moment I toured Brescia in my grade 12 year. Throughout these past four years I have been involved on campus in a variety of ways. During my first year I was a part of Residence Council where I represented my floor and I was also a member of the Brescia flag football team. Some of my favourite memories at Brescia have been as a Soph Peer Mentor during the past 3 years. Through this team I have assisted with Orientation Week and I have been a mentor for new students. I have also loved being a part of Students’ Council as both second year rep and senior year rep. Aside from all of my involvement on campus I have also attended many significant events at Brescia, including Orientation Week, Brescia Ball, Wine and Cheese and homecoming. Through my contribution in so many aspects of campus life I feel as though I would be an excellent candidate to represent the class of 2017 as Valedictorian.



Janice Lam

Janice Lam is a fourth year student at Brescia, in the Honours Specialization in Psychology module. Originally from Waterloo, she knew Brescia was right for her when she participated in, and subsequently won, Brescia’s Take the Lead speech competition in 2012. Since beginning her studies in 2013, she has been very involved within the Brescia, Western, and London community. She has served as a club executive for the Brescia Psychology Association, as well as the Western chapter of Active Minds. She has also been a Brescia Student Ambassador. Her current work consists of an internship with Brescia Campus Ministry, where she helps plan programming for the Brescia community; volunteering as a research assistant at Western; serving as an editor for the Western Undergraduate Psychology Journal; and assisting with various mental health initiatives in the broader community. When she has free time, she enjoys playing the piano and writing.


Molly Schoo

Molly has been a self-proclaimed foodie since the age of 2, so it isn’t surprising that she is graduating with a BSc. Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics. While she is most often found perusing the pages of a cookbook, her passions do extend beyond the four walls of a kitchen. She strives to live a simple, authentic life filled with family and friends, adventures, crafts, photography, dresses, and lots of ice cream.

In coming to Brescia, Molly was introduced to new people, big ideas, and fresh perspectives that have helped shape the person she is today. In her words, “Brescia has changed “I wish” to “I’m going to make this happen”.  Energetic, passionate, knowledgeable, and professional, Molly is a student who is hard to miss thanks to a booming voice that compensates for her short stature. Brescia has helped her build her voice, which she now uses to bring awareness to mental health, share her love for Brescia’s campus when touring prospective students, and enrich the residence experience for students as a Residence Assistant.

The things Molly values most in life are simple gestures. She finds that the best things in life are homemade; smiling makes her happier; tea parties aren’t old fashioned; and flowers bloom from their roots. She also believes life is about creating experiences, but more importantly, celebrating every accomplishment.


Deanna Vezina

My name is Deanna Vezina and I am hoping to be chosen as Brescia’s 2017 graduating class valedictorian! I am an Honours specialization French student in my fourth year with teaching aspirations.

I grew up in London, and chose to live at home and work part-time throughout university. In my free time, I enjoy painting and hand-lettering, as well as re-living my high school musical theatre years by singing along to the radio and having kitchen dance parties with my parents.

Over the past few years, I have been in programs involving both music and history alongside a handful of French modules before I settled on my degree. I have learned how your “4-year plan” for university is not static and how to adapt to these changes. I have also learned a lot about my personal leadership; starting in first year with Western’s Learning it Together student mentor program, sophing and being a club executive in my second year, followed by two years on Brescia’s Students’ Council as Vice-President Communications and President, striving to connect with and represent Brescia students everywhere.

Thank you for your consideration in choosing me as your class valedictorian!


Michelle Wong

Hey fellow graduates!

My name is Michelle Wong and, like you, I will be graduating from Brescia/Western this coming June! I can honestly say that I have loved being a student here at Brescia over the past 4 years, studying French for Teaching and Linguistics.

It has been an honor to share ideas with you, learn from you and have fun with you! Whether we have developed a deep friendship, had a class together, volunteered together, shared the dance floor at Brescia Ball or simply smiled at each other in the hall – know that I am so thankful to have been able to ‘do’ community with each of you and have been blessed by you. We have grown together, challenged each other and empowered one another.

It would be an honor to be given the opportunity to formally thank you and wish you well at this year’s Baccalaureate. We have shared such a valuable experience here at Brescia, and I would love to reflect on it with you as we head towards our next stages of life.

Thanks for taking the time to read my profile! More importantly, thank you for being my empowering, loving Brescia community!


Good luck to all of our Valedictorian candidates and we look forward to seeing you on March 21st at the Alumnae Welcome Reception!



Brescia Baccalaureate and Magisterial Ceremony

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This special celebration marks your formal graduation from Brescia University College and is open to any Brescia-registered student who expects to graduate in either June or October. During this ceremony you will hear from your Valedictorian, fellow students will receive academic awards and each graduate will be welcomed into the Brescia Alumnae Association with the presentation of alumnae rings.

Each graduate is automatically issued four (4) Baccalaureate tickets by Brescia.


2017 Event Details

Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: St. Peter’s Basilica in London, Ontario (map)

Frequently Asked Questions – Baccalaureate

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Should you and your family be planning to stay in London throughout your graduation weekend, please consider staying in Clare Hall. Our new state of the art residence facility is a perfect choice for your last memories on campus before you graduate. If interested, please review  details on room options and see our online registration page.


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Learn what to expect at your Baccalaureate ceremony in this “rehearsal” video:




Bagpipe Procession

Over 400 students, family members, staff and faculty join together for a lunch at Brescia before graduates gather and process down the Brescia hill to Western Convocation led by a bagpiper.

Each graduate is automatically issued four (4) convocation tickets by Western. These tickets will be available at the end of May and can be accessed online. Should you require additional tickets, please be sure to get added to the Brescia Wait List as extras sometimes do come available by contacting Alumnae Relations.

2017 Event Details

Date: Monday, June 19, 2017
Location: Alumni Hall at Western University

Frequently Asked Questions – Convocation

For more information, visit Western Convocation