Propelled to lifelong learning

Cathy McDonald broadcasting media

In an economic downturn and the increasingly volatile world of news media, recent Athabasca University graduate, Cathy McDonald, found a way to weather the storm. She embraced it, head-on. The Calgary-based, former broadcast news reporter and radio promotions personality was able to shift career gears in a flash – all because she stayed the course when it came to her AU degree … [Read more...]

Slow and steady wins the race

Cristina Vanderhaden, Athabasca University, B.A. grad, June 9, 2016 [photo credit: Gary Vanderhaden]

The term "paced program" couldn't be more fitting for recent AU graduate Cristina Vanderhaden. The Ottawa-based, BA (French) major and recent retiree from the RCMP, spread out her AU adventure over a full 30 years — a snail's pace for some — but a perfectly timed journey for Cristina. Starting AU in 1985 gave her the opportunity to watch our university transition from a distance … [Read more...]

Schmidt: A long, bright road ahead for Athabasca University

Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, spoke at AU's Convocation on June 9, 2016

Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt spoke to graduates at Convocation 2016 on June 9, and had some very nice things to say about AU. Here's the text of his speech: Greetings from Minister Marlin Schmidt It’s an honour to join you on such a special occasion. I want to begin by congratulating tonight’s distinguished honourees: Dr. Antonio D’Alfonso and Dr. Terry … [Read more...]

Never too late to graduate

AU 2016 Graduate Douglas Hoover having fun with #AUGrad16 selfie stations!

"Sweet 16" has a new meaning for Douglas Edward Hoover. That's the number of years it took  him to get his AU Bachelor of Arts Degree. "I would say I'm 39, but since that joke is as old as the Jack Benny Program, I will fess up and say I turned 62 on May 2!" jokes Hoover. "It was well worth the time," he adds, noting that in those years he got to watch his daughter Elsie go … [Read more...]

From the homestead to Human Sciences and beyond

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  A lot can happen in a year. With AU Convocation 2016 just a week away, we thought we’d provide a snapshot of one of last year’s graduates, to depict just how far the AU experience can take you. 2015 graduate Kirstin George’s AU journey has certainly led to some interesting adventures and achievements since receiving her parchment a year ago. When she enrolled at AU … [Read more...]

Important Information for Convocation 2016

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Athabasca University Convocation 2016 (#AUGrad16) is just around the corner—and we have important information to share with you to make sure you get the most out of your special day! All the information you need about Convocation can be found on the Convocation Website. Bookmark this site as you’ll likely be visiting it a few times leading up to your graduation ceremony. Also: … [Read more...]

#AUGrad16 accommodations

Athabasca University Graduation Convocation

If you are coming to Convocation, you're going to need a place to rest your head. We've done the homework for you—here is a list of local hotels (and those with a slight drive) and their current availability. We'll keep you updated if any of these sell out. Athabasca, Alberta (150 km north of Edmonton on Highway 2) Athabasca Days Inn (10% availability) Telephone: … [Read more...]

Helping students affected by natural disasters

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In response to the devastating wildfire affecting our students in Fort McMurray, AU’s Student Awards Committee has approved two new awards to help students impacted by the fires. The Natural Disaster Convocation Bursary can fund up to $1,000 for students who are facing unexpected expenses that may affect their participation in Convocation. The Natural Disaster Emergency … [Read more...]

Wheels Up for #AUGrad16

Air Canada West Jet Flight Promotion Athabasca University Graduation Convocation

Did you know that both WestJet and Air Canada are offering special flight savings AU graduates attending convocation and their guests? Air Canada An Air Canada discount is available for persons travelling to and from Edmonton between June 2 and June 18, 2016. To take advantage of the discount, visit aircanada.com and enter promotion code TE2PXZA1. WestJet     WestJet is … [Read more...]

Life as you know it: A CEO graduate credits AU for his successful balancing act

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They say seven is a lucky number. Perhaps that’s why the recent Athabasca University Master of Health Studies graduate, Gregory Toffner, decided to finally finish his seven years of studies while working the C-Suite level of the Hamilton-based, Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences. Toffner, 39, says getting his MHS while juggling two jobs, a growing family and … [Read more...]