President's Report 2006 | Community

Gold medal convocation

From left: Drs. Toby McDonald, Mike Adam, Jamie Korab, Mark Nichols and Brad Gushue.

If convocation is a university’s Olympics, the province’s newest sports heroes got a second gold medal. In a ceremony that is the pinnacle of the academic year, more than 2,000 students accepted their degrees during Memorial University’s spring convocation. Included among them were the six members of the Olympic gold medal curling team who received honorary degrees for that achievement. Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab, Mike Adam, Russ Howard and coach Toby McDonald received honorary doctor of laws degrees at the May 26 session of convocation. They were joined by a host of leaders from academia, business and the arts.

The following is some of what Dr. Annette Staveley, deputy public orator, had to say about the Gold medal team at the convocation ceremony:

“Never in the field of Olympic conflict were so many gathered around so many television screens to watch so few achieve so much. Because of their spectacular success in men’s curling, we shall always remember where we were on Feb. 24, 2006, when Team Gushue – Michael Adam, Bradley Gushue, Russell Howard, Jamie Korab, Tobias McDonald and Mark Nichols, these names now as “familiar as household words” ­ swept to victory. Like the alchemists of old, they transformed granite rocks into gold and changed, forever, how we think about ourselves.

These athletes have told the world that the sources of their winning attitude and achievement are to be found in the love of their families, in the pride of their communities, and in the support of the professionals at this university. So we all share in their golden, winning moment and are inspired by it. They are role models for us all, and for the next generation of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”