UCalgary students at fall convocation ceremonies on Nov. 16, 2023.
Graduating University of Calgary students take part in fall convocation ceremonies on Nov. 16, 2023.

Nov. 20, 2023

Class of 2023 in photos: Be the change you wish to see in the world

UCalgary honours and extends congratulations to fall graduates as they step into the future and become members of our alumni community

Fall Convocation 2023 was a joyful celebration of dedication, achievement, and fresh beginnings at the University of Calgary. On Nov. 16, in the heart of the Jack Simpson Gym, a crowd of cheering family and friends watched as over 1,100 graduands crossed the stage in two ceremonies, transitioning from their student days into proud UCalgary alumni.

While celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2023, three individuals who have made significant contributions to the university and society were also honoured.

Colleen Bangs, BA ’03, senior director of Alumni Engagement at UCalgary, was awarded the Order of the University of Calgary. She was recognized for her transformative leadership and consistent dedication to creating a positive work environment and reinforcing community ties.

Honorary degrees were bestowed upon twin sisters Sara Quin and Tegan Quin. This Calgary-born, award-winning indie rock duo, known as Tegan and Sara, shared a powerful commencement address about their career journey and their dedication to LGBTQ+ women and girls, earning them a standing ovation.

This photo essay captures the pride, joy, and sense of community that filled the air as we celebrated the Class of 2023 and warmly welcomed them to the UCalgary alumni family.

Class of 2023, your exciting journey starts here!