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Fall for convocation

By David Sorensen

First Grenfell, and now St. John’s. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook held its fall convocation Oct. 3 and St. John’s will hold graduation ceremonies Friday, Oct. 17, at the Arts and Culture Centre.

More than 900 students will receive their degrees at four sessions of convocation. In Corner Brook there was one session of convocation at which Irish poet John Ennis received an honorary degree.

In St. John’s, sessions begin at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. At the 10 a.m., session retired General Rick Hillier will be officially installed as Memorial’s sixth chancellor.

Along with the chancellor’s installation, honorary degrees will be awarded to publisher Clyde Rose and naval reserve leader Robert Blakely.

Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the Senate, the university’s academic governing body, after careful examination of the grounds for their nomination.

The honorary doctorate is designed to recognize extraordinary contribution to society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. The awarding of honorary doctorates, an important feature of Memorial’s convocation, serves to celebrate both the individual and the university as well as to inspire graduates, their families and guests.

Also at fall convocation, several professors will be honoured with the designation professor emeritus/emerita: Dr. James Greenlee, Arts, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College; Dr. Peter Booth, Department of Mathematics; Dr. Carolyn Harley, Department of Psychology; Dr. Andy den Otter, Department of History; Dr. Thakor Patel, Department of Biology; and Dr. Robert Sexty, Faculty of Business Administration.

To be eligible for the title professor emeritus, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criterion for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.

For more information on fall convocation, see or the next edition of the Gazette.