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Celebrating Ivey’s Class of 2024

Jun 21, 2024

A diverse group of Ivey graduates at spring convocation

A group of graduates at the June 19 spring convocation ceremony

The Ivey community, along with friends and family, came together this week to celebrate the inspiring achievements of the class of 2024 as 1,034 graduates received their degrees at one of three separate convocation ceremonies.

Festivities began on June 19 as Ivey’s 146 MBA, 185 MSc, 58 EMBA, 53 AMBA, and two PhD graduates crossed the stage at Western University’s Alumni Hall and received their diplomas. During the ceremony, they heard an address by John Barford, a Western graduate and president of Valleydene Corporation, who received an honorary degree at the event. The groups later moved on to the Richard Ivey Building to participate in program-specific award and Ivey Pledge ceremonies. The award ceremonies included addresses from representatives of Ivey’s Dean’s Office, and the class valedictorians: Kurtis Aleksandre (MBA), Pashv Shah (AMBA), and Oliver Yuzpe (MSc). The EMBA class had a separate Pledge ceremony with an address from valedictorian Lovelyn Toyo.


Memorable quote from the event:

The most important thing is you need to live a life – a personal and a business life – that is true to you and not what others might expect of you.”
– Honorary degree recipient John Barford

Ivey’s HBA graduates were then honoured at two separate ceremonies at Alumni Hall: one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with Kyle MacDonald, HBA ’82, founder of Phoenix Interactive Design Inc., receiving an honorary degree at the morning event. The total group included 590 graduates. That afternoon, they participated in the HBA Award & Pledge Ceremonies where they were addressed by Ivey Dean Sharon Hodgson and valedictorian Katie McCarter.

Memorable quote from the event:

If you dream big, stay mindful of the possibilities, and perfect the art of persuasion, you will conquer all of the adversity that the world will throw at you.”
– Honorary degree recipient Kyle MacDonald, HBA ’82

Congratulations to all of the graduates and award winners and welcome to the Ivey Alumni Network.

Watch the recordings of the ceremonies.

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Learn more about some of Ivey’s Class of 2024 graduates

Read profiles on Ivey graduates: Yasmine Abdelhady, EMBA ’24Shania Kalpee, MSc ’24Cordlyne Nwankwo, HBA ’24, and Jonathan Soriano, MBA ’24.

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