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Memorial's east and west coast campuses celebrate fall convocation

Memorial University will hold its fall convocation ceremonies in St. John's on Friday, Oct. 21. Convocation took place on Friday, Oct. 7, at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook.

More than 1,000 students will receive their degrees during the four sessions of convocation. In St. John's, sessions begin at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre.

During the 10 a.m. session in St. John's, Dr. David Wardlaw, Memorial's provost and vice-president (academic), will be officially installed as the university's pro vice chancellor. Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial's president and vice-chancellor, will formally present Dr. Wardlaw to convocation. Dr. Wardlaw will then be installed as pro vice chancellor by Chancellor Rick Hillier, be robed in the gown of office by Memorial's vice-presidents and deliver an address.

During two of the convocation sessions, honorary doctorate degrees will be awarded; at the 10 a.m. session to linguist and encyclopedist Dr. David Crystal and at the 3 p.m. session to civil servant Dr. David Vardy. Author Kevin Major's honorary doctor of letters degree was conferred in Corner Brook.

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, two professors who were recently accorded the designation professor emeritus will be presented to convocation. Those being honoured at the 7:30 p.m. session are Dr. Vit Bubenik, linguistics, Faculty of Arts; and Dr. Robert Lucas, chemistry, Faculty of Science (see related story page 5).

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 criteria for nomination are sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.