York University marks milestone with 200,000th graduate

York University’s alumni community will officially reach 200,000 strong at today’s convocation ceremony, marking an important milestone for the York community.

Kaley RoosenKaley Roosen, an undergraduate student in York’s new Faculty of Health, will become the University’s 200,000th graduate during the Faculty’s convocation ceremony, today at 10:30am.

Right: Kaley Roosen at Convocation on June 14. Photo by CSi/photograds.com

"Reaching 200,000 alumni is an important milestone because it shows how far we’ve come in such a relatively short time," says Naguib Gouda, executive director, alumni & advancement services at York. "Fifty years ago, York’s Keele campus was just an empty field. Today, we’re a major presence in Canada, with alumni in the GTA, across Canada and in 146 countries around the world."

Roosen will receive a bachelor of science with specialized honours. She majored in psychology and will graduate summa cum laude, "with highest honours".

"She really embodies the spirit of York today – a successful scholar who is dynamic and committed to giving back to her community," Gouda says.

During her undergraduate career at York, Roosen was the recipient of an Award of Distinction from the Faculty of Science & Engineering, the Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top Scholarship, as well as a scholarship from the Faculty of Pure & Applied Science. She is the coordinator of York’s Student Peer Support Centre and an active participant on University committees dealing with improved accessibility for students.

After graduation, Roosen will continue her studies at York as a graduate student in psychology.