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Vol 39  No 12
Apr. 5, 2007


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Convocation set for spring and fall

Memorial University will present honorary degrees to nine outstanding Canadians during spring convocation and another two during fall convocation.

The honourees at spring convocation are Chris Brookes, documentary radio broadcaster, who will be honoured during convocation at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College; Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire, soldier and humanitarian; writer Wayne Johnston; Moyra Buchan, advocate for people with mental illnesses; Dr. Jack Clark, longtime director of C-CORE; Barbara Hopkins, founding president of the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador; Miller Ayre, businessman and publisher of the Telegram; Bruce Cockburn, singer, songwriter and humanitarian; and Hayley Wickenheiser, captain of the Canadian national women’s hockey team.

At fall convocation, scheduled for Oct. 19 in St. John’s, honorary degrees will be awarded to Dr. Shirley Tilghman, president of Princeton University, and literary theorist Dr. Linda Hutcheon.

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 graduates, their families and guests.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook will hold its convocation ceremonies on May 11. In St. John’s, convocation runs at the Arts and Culture Centre from Wednesday, May 23, to Friday, May 25.

For details on Memorial’s honorary degree recipients, click here.

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