Our Graduates

Graduates, we would love to know what you’re doing now. Please send us news of your studies, careers, discoveries, and so on.

May 2019: Our alumna and art teacher Aisha Ali is beginning a month-long art residency in Florence, Italy. Aisha is currently completing her Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design at OCAD University with funding from the Ontario Graduate Scholarships. We look forward to seeing what you’ll accomplish next, Aisha!

September 2018: Two Abelard alumni – Oliver Backman and Josef Wolanczyk – have begun their legal studies at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Previously, Oliver earned his MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto, while Josef obtained his BA in History from the same institution. We wish them the best of luck in their legal education!

September 2018: Having completed his degree in linguistics at Cambridge, alumnus Malcolm Kennedy is pursuing a master’s degree in Biology at McGill University. His research, which focuses on birdsong, is fully funded by the university. Excellent work once again, Malcolm!

July 2017: Congratulations to alumnus Andrew Ilersich, whose microgravity experiment has been selected to fly as part of the Canadian Space Agency’s Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX): see http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/unraveling-physics-mystery-microgravity-u-t-engineering-students-fly-experiment/

June 2017: Our alumna Noa Magen has been named the exclusive recipient of the University of Toronto’s Coburn Award, which fully funds a year of study in Israel. Noa will be attending Tel Aviv University, where she will continue her studies in cognitive science and literature.

October 2016: Continuing her involvement in student life, our alumna Samantha Tristen has revived the Undergraduate Society of American Studies at the University of Toronto. She is now serving as the Union’s president. Amazing work, Samantha!

September 2016: Our alumnae Laura Harris and Samantha Tristen have been elected as senators on the University of Toronto’s Classics Students’ Union! We wish them the best in the coming year.

July 2016: Our alumna Aisha Ali’s art career is really taking off, with her work featured in the John B. Aird Gallery Print Show, among many other shows this year.

May 2016: We are thrilled to see our alumnus Andrew Ilersich doing research with the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies, where he is developing the theoretical framework to minimize noise and shock waves in jet engines!

November 2015: Congratulations to our alumna Aisha Ali who was awarded the Eric Jackman Scholarship for maintaining the highest average among psychology specialists at the University of Toronto! Additionally, she received the John Wolfe McColl Memorial Award in Fine Art for her outstanding performance in visual studies.

September 2015:  Congratulations to our graduate Dave Vyas, who has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program! Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition.

May 2015: Congratulations to our alumnus Elijah Teitelbaum who has been accepted to the University of Cambridge for an MPhil in Theology and Religious Studies, his area of research will be  Diasporic Judaism and the philosophy of religion (especially Continental and post-structural philosophies).

April 2015: Congratulations to our alumnus Vitalik Buterin for winning a prestigious IT software prize, beating out the likes of Mark Zuckerberg. Vitalik was awarded this  prize at the 2014 World Technology Awards in New York City.

March 2015: Congratulations to our alumnus Noam Sienna, who will be starting a PhD in History (focusing on Moroccan Jewry) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Good luck with your research, Noam!

March 2015: Congratulations to our alumna Moira DeValence, who will be starting Family Med at St. Paul’s in Vancouver after completing her medical degree at U of T this June!

February 2015: Congratualations to our alumnus Serhei Makarov on scoring 170/170 across the board on his GRE. The GRE is a General Test (http://www.ets.org/gre) which is required for graduate school admissions in the United States. We are so proud of you, Serhei!!!!

January 2015: We’re very proud of Abelard alumnus Ethan Jaffe for being accepted into MIT’s graduate program in mathematics. Congratulations, Ethan!

October 2014: We had the thrill of having our alumnus Dr. Christopher Thompson-Walsh as a guest lecturer for Calculus, while he was on vacation in Toronto.  After completion of his Ph.D. at Cambridge, Chris lives and works in London, England.  He took enormous pleasure in the opportunity to teach our grade-12 class about the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.  But the real pleasure was ours, Chris — it is always great to have you back!

September 2014: We would like to welcome alumna Rebecca Brenner back to Abelard in her new role as a teacher!  Great to have you with us again!

August 2014: Congratulations to our alumnus Vitalik Buterin for winning a 2014 Thiel Fellowship! This is already the second time an Abelard graduate has won this prestigious honour. Way to go, guys! We are so proud of you!


2013: Gavin McGown is currently completing an MPhil in Classics at the University of Cambridge, and applying to PhD programs in the United States. Gavin’s MPhil degree, which focused on gender and sexuality in Ancient Greece, was fully funded by a Euretta J. Kellett fellowship from Columbia University.

2013: Eli Teitelbaum launches Mount Alison University’s first student publication house, Underbridge Press, with the publication of Ragged by Taylor Losier.

2013: Christopher Thompson-Walsh receives his PhD in Theoretical Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

2013: Dr. Vanessa Robinson joins Abelard faculty as Vice-Principal.

2013: Laura Duggan earns her Naturopathic Medicine certification.

2012: Christopher Olah receives one of the 20 under 20 Thiel Fellows. This prestigious two-year fellowship will fund Chris’s research into developing 3-D printing.

2012: Faculty member Sarah O’Brien receives PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto.

2011: Vanessa Robinson receives PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto.

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