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Can You Guess the U of T Grad?

Check out the yearbook photos of some of our best-known alumni

This June, 14,000 U of T students will step up to the dais at Convocation Hall to accept their degrees. To celebrate, we searched through dusty archives to find grad pics of alumni who now have well-known faces. Can you guess who they are? Note to the Class of 2017: we hope you smiled wide in your graduating photo, because this could be you in one of our future quizzes. Scroll to the bottom for the answers.

Paul Shaffer
This famous sidekick also co-wrote the tune “It’s Raining Men.”

William B. Davis
He was one of TV’s most memorable supervillains, harbouring a most unhealthy habit.

Margaret Atwood
This Booker Prize-winning author’s latest work is a modern retelling of The Tempest.

Paul Martin
He was a member of the Liberal Club during his time at U of T – an affiliation he would maintain right to the top.

Donald Sutherland
After acting in Hart House Theatre, this grad took on Hollywood: one of his most recent roles was as the evil president of a post-apocalyptic land.

Adrienne Clarkson
A former CBC broadcaster, she went on to serve as Governor General.

Lorne Michaels
He bosses around some of the coolest comedians.

Robert Herjavec
This shark runs an international cybersecurity firm. In his spare time, he puts the pedal to the metal as a race car driver.

Jessi Cruickshank
She currently hosts Canada’s Smartest Person, and was a staple on MTV Live, but her first on-screen role was less glamorous: she was in a Shopper’s Drug Mart commercial.

Malcolm Gladwell
This New Yorker writer casts an intellectual eye on the everyday: in his bestsellers, he’s covered everything from the power of rapid decision-making to the origins of success. (Hey, Macklemore even named a song after one of his theories.)

Norman Jewison
This Oscar-nominated director founded the Canadian Film Centre, and has directed everyone from Steve McQueen to Cher.

Doris McCarthy
In her late 70s, this landscape artist decided to attend university. She earned her BA from U of T Scarborough in 1989 – at the age of 79.

Michael Ondaatje
A literary icon, he had one of his best-known novels turned into a blockbuster film in the ’90s.

Sarah Slean
This Juno- and Gemini-nominated songstress’s latest album is Metaphysics. Cool fact: She played Jessica Chastain’s piano-playing body double in Crimson Peak.


Photo composite of U of T alumni corresponding to the answers in the quiz 
Answers: (from top left to bottom right)
Paul Shaffer (BA 1971 UC); William B. Davis (BA 1959 UC), the cigarette-smoking man of The X-Files; Margaret Atwood (BA 1961 VIC); former Prime Minister Paul Martin (BA 1961 St. Mike’s, JD 1964); Donald Sutherland (BA 1958 VIC); Adrienne Clarkson (née Poy) (BA 1960 TRIN); Lorne Lipowitz (BA 1966 UC)… better known as Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live; Robert Herjavec (BA 1984 New College), star of Shark Tank; Jessi Cruickshank (BA 2004 Innis); Malcolm Gladwell (BA 1984 TRIN); Norman Jewison (BA 1949 VIC); Doris McCarthy (BA 1989 UTSC); Michael Ondaatje (BA 1965 UC); Sarah Slean (BA 2009 Woodsworth)

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