BHSc Award Winners at Spring FHS Convocation

BHSc Award Winners at Spring FHS Convocation

Phelopeter Sedrak, Owen Luo, and Stacey Ritz (Assistant Dean of the BHSc Hons Program)

2 BHSc (Hons) Program graduands were the recipients of prestigious prizes and honours at this year’s Spring Convocation for McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences, held on May 23 at First Ontario Concert Hall in downtown Hamilton.  Members of the Graduating Class and their families were invited to attend a breakfast at LIUNA Station prior to the formal convocation ceremonies.


Owen Luo was named valedictorian, and also received the President’s Award for Leadership.  Phelopater Sedrak was presented with the Governor General’s Academic Medal for academic excellence.

Chancellor Suzanne Labarge presents Phelopeter Sedrak with the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

In his valedictory address, Owen emphasized the value of kindness and compassion, both for others and for one’s self.  “I remember arriving at McMaster University four years ago, my eyes wide with wonder,” he said.  “Today, we are all walking away with degrees in our hands, but more than giving us some of the finest education in the world, McMaster has given us moments of play, excitement and discovery that will stick with us forever.”

The President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership recognized Owen’s contributions as co-editor of the student journal The Meducator, his contributions as a varsity athlete on the fencing team, and his leadership in establishing the McMaster Stem Cell Club.

The Governor General’s Academic Medal recognizes outstanding academic achievement, and was presented to Phelopeter Sedrak.

Congratulations to Owen and Phelo, and best wishes in the next steps in your journey!