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Grenfell College prepares for 25th anniversary convocation

(April 27, 2000, Gazette)

By Pamela Gill

What better time to recognize a quarter century of university education than on the occasion of the convocation of hundreds of students?

Staff, faculty and students at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College are getting ready to do just that; this year’s convocation activities will focus on the 25th anniversary of the west coast campus of Memorial University.

The convocation will be a time to remember the accomplishments of faculty, staff and students, past and present; former principals and others who have made meaningful contributions to Grenfell College have been invited to take part in the festivities.

This year will see the conferring of two new degrees. The first classes of students in the bachelor of nursing and bachelor of environmental studies programs will receive their diplomas on May 5. This fact will no doubt be noted on the timeline that’s been recorded by students, staff and faculty over the last few months. The official timeline will be unveiled on convocation day.

The Class of 2000 will also be the first to have the opportunity to protect their diplomas in a special Grenfell College frame. These will be made available following the convocation ceremony.

And what birthday party would be complete without balloons, streamers and a cake? A special anniversary reception will allow all those who have lived the Grenfell experience to share with each other stories of the past and hopes for the future.

During Grenfell’s convocation, Newfoundland historian Dr. Peter Neary will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.