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Convocation 2010

Spring rite in full swing

Memorial’s annual rite of spring is in full swing. Convocation went ahead at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook May 14, and ceremonies in St. John’s go ahead at the Arts and Culture Centre May 25-28.

Bachelor’s, master’s and doctorates are being handed out to deserving students who have completed their chosen programs and honorary doctorates will be handed out to exemplary people chosen by Senate.

The honourees include dancer and choreographer Christopher House; businessman and philanthropist Rex Anthony; Hall-of-Fame hockey player George Faulkner; doctor and Salvation Army officer Dawn Howse; and a leader of the provincial film-making community, Paul Pope.

Humanitarian Stephen Lewis was set to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree during Grenfell’s convocation, however he missed the ceremony due to illness.

The Princess Royal, the daughter of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, received an honorary doctor of laws degree in a special convocation Friday, April 23, at the St. John’s campus.

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

However the students will be the main focus for the hundreds of family and friends who will fill the Arts and Culture Centre for eight sessions of convocation.

For more on Memorial graduates, see our stories starting on Page 6.

Gown and hood news

Memorial now has a new unique hood for ceremonial events such as convocation. Senate approved the new hood at its meeting April 13. At the same meeting, Senate also approved the adoption of a policy that streamlines hood colours and designates a single hood colour per faculty/school or multi-disciplinary degree program. Previously a unique hood colour was assigned per degree program but Memorial had reached the limit of hood colours available.

The new hood, to be worn with a black Oxford gown and mortarboard cap, is appropriate academic attire for those who hold a degree but do not have their own academic garb. The hood is based on Memorial’s academic dress tradition and official colours, claret and white. It is a black hood, trimmed with claret satin and the black neck band is edged with claret on the upper portion and white on the lower. The inside lining has panels of claret and white satin.

Memorial’s Division of Marketing and Communications, which co-ordinates convocation, will provide the hood as part of academic dress to those who take part in the convocation procession or represent the university at other ceremonies.

Members of the procession for the St. John’s sessions for convocation should borrow academic dress on Friday, May 21, in the gown room, PE-1007.