Meet Western's Class of 2020

Spring and Fall 2020

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Leaelle Derynck

Open heart, open mind opens doors

A first-year course in constitutional law sparked in Leaelle Derynck a passion for Indigenous legal traditions.

Clare Padmore

Grad’s pitch for sport science helps Blue Jays

When the the Toronto Blue Jays aim for even greater heights next season, Clare Padmore hopes to share in their success as a biolmechanical engineer working to help ballplayers achieve their athletic potential.
Padmore graduates this fall with her PhD in biomechanics and biomechanical engineering and joins a community of more than 315,000 Western alumni worldwide.

Fall scene of graduation with pumpkin

Fall Class of 2020 to celebrate with iconic Western people, places, bagels

Western is bringing campus icons to the doors and screens of the fall Class of 2020 – from personalized gift boxes to images of the places, people and things that have become symbols of their alma mater.

Jeremiah Joseph

Integrated science program fuels passion for doing good

Integrated science gold medalist Jeremiah Joseph says the chance to make a difference fuels his aspirations.

man in lab

Research a ‘safe haven’ for PhD graduate

From his hospital bed, Steven Gameiro, PhD’20, made the decision to completely pivot the focus of his doctoral research. It…

Shabi Ullah with balloons

Public health graduate focuses on big picture

Context matters. Shabi Ullah, MPH’20, says these two words were her biggest takeaway from the Master of Public Health program at Western.

Kathleen Brown-Blake

Grad accustomed to juggling ‘five balls, on fire, at the same time’

A master’s degree in communications is offering Kat Brown-Blake something her 15-year career as a lawyer in Florida wasn’t able to – a sense of greater purpose.

Ellie Sak

Business, English grad takes the road less travelled

Ellie Sak may well be the first business student in Ivey Business School history to clinch an internship by reciting Robert Frost poems. And, to borrow from the poet’s voice, that has made all the difference in helping her land a career she loves.

Serena Mendizabal

Grad fuses Indigenous health, geography into big plan

First in her family to attend university right out of high school, Serena Mendizabal is aiming no lower than being a world-changer.

Amr Alsabbagh

Nature and nurture lead grad to dentistry

For Amr Alsabbagh, the Allyn & Betty Taylor Library at Western will always hold special significance. He spent many hours in that popular study spot, working alongside two familiar study buddies – his parents.

Amanda Wu and Dawson Li

Pandemic pivot may build high-impact volunteering

Amanda Wu and Dawson Li planned to spend their summer working with London non-profit organizations to create meaningful volunteer experiences for high school students.

Graduate Carolyn Tran

Grad thrives in concert of art and science

Carolyn Tran has found balance in the beauty of science and music.