Convocation 2013

Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013

Written by Dan Gillis

Congratulations to all students who were awarded their undergraduate and graduate degrees as part of Convocation 2013.

In total, the School of Computer Science saw 21 of its undergraduate students walk the stage to receive their degrees.

The School of Computer Science would also like to recognize the outstanding achievements of Erich Janzen, and Michael Delong - the two students in SoCS with the highest graduating GPAs.

Erich and Michael both began their Bachelors in Computing (Co-op) degree in 2008. Erich spent several semesters working with Digital Extremes, while Michael worked for AMD. Digital Extremes is a game development company (and one of Canada's Top Employer's For Young People 2012) based in London, Ontario. AMD is a leading designer of tech solutions. Both have accepted full time positions with their respective co-op employers post-graduation.

When asked to share some of their thoughts on their time in the SoCS at the University of Guelph, Erich recalled his time spent in CIS*3760. Along with two friends, he helped develop an app to manage convention proceedings (including maps, schedules, etc.) - "Having a professor display such interest in something I helped make was quite memorable." Of course, time spent outside of the class - "working late nights in the labs with friends, eating pizza and taking the occasional game break" were also an integral and important part of the undergraduate experience for Delong.

Finally, Erich had this to share with the incoming class of students. "Time management is probably one of the most important skills you can have going forward into university. As long as you're aware of all of your deadlines, and have a solid plan of when you're going to get work done and how, you'll never be stressed for time." Michael adds "...make the most of your experience..." by "...getting involved with projects and activities outside the classroom." Congratulations again, Erich and Michael. And congratulations to all of the 2013 graduates.

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