Due to an increasing number of students who meet graduation requirements during the spring and summer, a fall convocation will be introduced at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College this year.
A number of new academic programs offered at Grenfell College will conclude at the end of the university’s third semester in August including the fast-track bachelor of education and the bachelor of nursing programs.
Memorial University’s western Newfoundland campus will see about 60 students receive bachelor’s degrees in various disciplines including arts, science, nursing, education and fine arts at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre.
For her contribution to the development of traditional music in this province, singer/songwriter Pamela Morgan will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree.
“We felt it appropriate to allow those who’ve met the requirements to graduate to do so in a timely fashion,” said Dr. John Ashton, principal of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. “In particular, our students in the fast-track nursing and education programs, who finish their coursework in August, will benefit from this addition.”
University President Axel Meisen said that the additional fall convocation session is part of the university’s commitment to be responsive to students’ needs.
“Since we have a significant number of students at the Grenfell campus who will be eligible to graduate by the fall, scheduling this convocation session is the right thing to do.”
Memorial will also hold two sessions of fall convocation in St. John’s on Oct. 19.
Ms. Morgan, former lead singer for and one of the founding members, with Noel Dinn, of folk/rock innovator Figgy Duff, has been a leading performer in the Celtic music scene for the past 30 years. Over 17 years, Ms. Morgan and Figgy Duff grew famous for their strikingly original and beautiful arrangements of traditional Newfoundland/Celtic material as well as their equally impressive and powerful original material.
Figgy Duff’s album Weather out the Storm was nominated for a Juno award in 1991.
Since then, Ms. Morgan has been spearheading her own independent record label, Amber Music, producing music for Newfoundland and Labrador’s finest roots artists, including three of her own solo CDs, and licensing tracks to various labels worldwide.
The Colour of Amber, by Ms. Morgan and Anita Best, was named East Coast Music Association’s Roots Traditional Album of the Year in 1993.
Ms. Morgan has produced albums for the Conne River Mi’kmaq, singer Vicky Hynes, singer/songwriter Mark Bragg, and most recently, the 2007 release of The Hare, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the March Hare poetry and music festival. She has also self-produced two additional albums, Seven Years (2002), and Ancestral Songs (2006).
Over the last few years, she has represented Canada at Expo in Japan, toured extensively in England, Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and overseen productions of two original scores for live theatre, including her own folk opera, The Nobleman’s Wedding. She continues to write, arrange, perform, and tour, in her own highly original and hauntingly beautiful style.