York U hosts special Canadian citizenship ceremony

TORONTO, May 31, 2017 – As part of Canada’s 150th national birthday celebrations, York University yesterday welcomed Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) for a special citizenship ceremony for 40 new citizens. The day included roundtable discussions on what it means to be Canadian, with a special guest host: Global TV’s Alan Carter.

York is proud to be one of the most diverse university campuses in Canada, home to more than 60,000 students, faculty and staff who trace their roots to 157 countries.

“York University was very pleased to partner with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to host this community citizenship ceremony and to celebrate our newest Canadians,” said Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor. “This celebration was particularly meaningful as it coincides with the marking of Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, providing an important opportunity to reflect on our own citizenship and how we can work together to preserve and strengthen all that we love about this remarkable country for future generations.”

A York University education is progressive and shapes the global perspective. York embraces innovation in teaching, learning, and research so that students from Canada and further abroad are prepared to achieve success in today’s global knowledge economy.

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 52,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Media contact:

Barbara Joy, York Media Relations, 416-736-5593, barbjoy@yorku.ca