A person wearing a convocation gown smiles. In the background is another person at a podium.

International students make important contributions to campus life at Humber College with many taking on active leadership roles in their programs and extracurricular activities. A testament of their involvement within the College occurred when several Humber international students were recognized with President’s Medals at Spring 2023 Convocation.

The President’s Medal is presented to one graduating student in each of Humber’s six Faculties who has maintained a good overall academic record and has made a significant contribution to the faculty program by demonstrating commitment to leadership and actively participated in student life on campus.

Receiving medals were international students Lubnaa Aamirah, Euella Chloe Manalo, Hoi Ching Yip and Lucas Martins Da Costa Cunha.

Jonathan Kim, associate dean, Information and Communications Technology, said Computer Programming graduate Yip was an exemplary student.

“Hoi Ching (Melody) has demonstrated strong academic skills in analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. She is a diligent and responsible student who takes her academic work seriously,” said Kim. “Melody asks insightful questions and contributes significantly to classroom discussions. She is also a kind, respectful and understanding individual who is always willing to offer assistance and support to her classmates. Melody has achieved an Honors standing in every semester and overall demonstrated academic excellence.”

Biotechnology instructor Matthew DaCosta said Manalo, who he taught as part of the program, was attentive and engaged in class.

“She was very punctual and very methodical. She was focused and always completed labs and assignments within the allotted time period without any issues,” said DaCosta. “Her work was always great, of course, and I could tell that she had a firm grasp on the material from her work.”

A person wearing a convocation gown holds flowers and a plaque while standing beneath balloons that spell out grad.

Bruce Sinclair, associate dean, Business Marketing, Fashion and Beauty, said Aamirah, a Bachelor of Commerce - Digital Business Management graduate, was a tremendous student and one who engaged with the wider Humber community.

“Besides being an excellent student, Lubnaa has gone above and beyond during her time at Humber. Lubnaa is always eager to get involved in different initiatives at Humber – from hosting the weekly DigiCafe and developing the Women Entrepreneur initiative to facilitating ‘Conversations with Grads,’” said Sinclair. “Lubnaa has also been an active member of the South Asian Student Association and the Muslim Student Association. Beyond her good grades, active involvement in her program and the Humber community, Lubnaa always brings positive and welcoming energy to her work. I am very excited to see what the future holds in store for Lubnaa.”

A person wearing a convocation gown holds flowers and a plaque.

Patrice Esson, associate dean, Department of English, said Professional Writing and Communications graduate Da Costa Cunha emerged as a leader.

“Lucas, an international student from Brazil, quickly integrated himself into the Humber and Professional Writing and Communications communities,” said Esson. “He was involved in the Humber Literary Review Spotlight, a student literary journal, working with an emerging writer from Brazil and the Spotlight mentorship and editorial team to publish the journal’s first translated piece. David Miller, Lucas’ program coordinator, noted that ‘Lucas was a constant and engaging presence at in-person and online networking events and was also an active participant in the broader Toronto writing community, providing a friendly and active Humber Professional Writing Certificate Program presence in the community.’”

Two people wearing convocation gowns stand beneath balloons that spell out grad.

More information on Humber’s international student program can be found by visiting the Future Students webpage.