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Vol 38  No 12
April 6, 2006


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Gold medal convocation

If convocation is a universityís Olympics, the provinceís newest sports heroes are about to get a second gold medal.

In a ceremony that is the pinnacle of the academic year, more than 2,000 students will get degrees during spring convocation. Included among them will be the six members of the Olympic gold medal curling team who will receive honorary degrees for that achievement.

Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab, Mike Adam, Russ Howard and coach Toby McDonald will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees at a May 26 session of convocation.

They will be joined by a host of leaders from academia, business and the arts. During fall convocation, three prominent women will be honoured.

Receiving honorary degrees from Memorial at spring convocation are: Irish poet Paul Muldoon, who will be honoured during convocation at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College May 12; nursing practitioner Kay Matthews; Choir leader Sister Kathrine Bellamy; Roland Martin, businessman and public servant; author and academic Dr. Roland Le Huenen; businessman Gary Bruce; historian Dr. Robert Gellately; and Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman.

During fall convocation 2006, slated for Oct. 20 in St. Johnís, honorary degrees will be awarded to Ingeborg Marshall, Anne Hart and Dr. Alison Feder.

Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the Senate, the universityís 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 Memorialís convocation, serves to celebrate both the individual and the university as well as to inspire graduates, their families and guests.

During spring convocation, Dr. Neil V. Rosenberg will be named professor emeritus.

Spring convocation kicks off at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook on May 12. In St. Johnís, convocation runs at the Arts and Culture Centre from Wednesday, May 24, to Friday, May 26.

For details on Memorialís honorary degree recipients, click here.

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