Grenfell’s first fall convocation
by Pamela Gill
This week marks a special occasion for Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook. The west coast campus of Memorial University will see graduates cross the stage for the first time at a fall convocation. On Friday, Oct. 12, at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre, about 40 graduates will receive degrees in arts, business administration, education, nursing and science.
“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 during the spring semester, will benefit from this addition.”
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 at Grenfell convocation.
In addition, two convocation sessions will be held in St. John’s on Oct. 19. Honorary graduates will be Dr. Linda Hutcheon and Dr. Shirley Tilghman.
Ms. Morgan, former lead singer for and one of the founding members of folk/rock innovators Figgy Duff, has been a leading performer in the Celtic music scene for the past 30 years. For 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.
For her work as an exceptional scholar, teacher and member of the academic community, Dr. Linda Hutcheon will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree during fall convocation in St. John’s on Friday, Oct. 19. A specialist in postmodernist culture and in critical theory, on which she has published nine books, Dr. Hutcheon holds the rank of university professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto and has been a visiting professor in Italy, Puerto Rico and parts of the U.S.
For her contributions to higher education, Dr. Shirley Tilghman will also be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree. Dr. Tilghman is the president of Princeton University, the prestigious institution’s 19th president since its founding in 1746. Dr. Tilghman is a native of Canada who holds a B.Sc. (hons.) in chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and a PhD in biochemistry from Temple University in Philadelphia. She did postdoctoral studies at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, participating in cloning the first mammalian gene. A member of the National Research Council’s committee that set the blueprint for the United States effort in the Human Genome Project, she also was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project Initiative for the National Institutes of Health.
As usual, there will be a webcast of the ceremonies. The Grenfell convocation can be viewed on the Grenfell College and Memorial University websites, www.swgc.mun.ca and www.mun.ca, at 4 p.m., Oct. 12. It is also videotaped for future broadcast on local cable television, and copies of the DVD are made available for sale at the college bookstore.