and Labrador’s home-grown television personality Rick
Mercer leads a remarkable list of luminaries who will be honoured
by Memorial University during this year’s spring and
The group includes renowned businesspeople, community activists
In order of presentation, this spring’s honorary graduands
are comedian and writer Rick Mercer, distinguished author
and editor Dr. David Pitt, professor of sport science Dr.
Gudrun Doll-Tepper, humanitarian and soldier Lt.-Gen. Roméo
Dallaire, businessman Ches Penney, cultural theorist Dr. Henry
Giroux, naturalist and conservationist Dr. Bernard Jackson
and former St. John’s mayor and businessman John Murphy.
In the fall convocation 2005, slated for Oct. 21 in St. John’s,
honorary degrees will be awarded to Scott Hand, chairman and
CEO of Inco Ltd., and Elizabeth Penashue, a community activist
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.
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
our graduates, their families and guests.
Spring convocation kicks off at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
in Corner Brook on May 13. In St. John’s, convocation
runs at the Arts and Culture Centre from Wednesday, May 25,
to Friday, May 27.
For details on Memorial’s honorary degree recipients,