Dr. Indira Samarasekera, OC, received the University of Alberta's highest honour—an honorary doctor of science degree—at U of A's spring convocation. Indira is president emerita and was the 12th president and vice-chancellor of the University. She is the first woman and the first engineer to become U of A president and served in this role for 10 years (2005–2015). In her address at the convocation, Indira spoke about serendipity. She told graduates to cultivate serendipity by taking risks, trusting their intuition and dreaming big.