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SUBJECT: Memorial University to hold fall convocation ceremonies in St. John’s
DATE: Oct. 18,2016
Some 900 degrees will be awarded to graduating Memorial University students during three sessions of fall convocation at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on Oct. 20.
The first session of fall convocation took place at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre on Oct. 6.
Along with the newest cohort of Memorial University graduates crossing the stage, the university will present two remarkable individuals with degrees honoris causa during the fall ceremonies.
During the 10 a.m. session, Memorial will confer William (Bill) Marshall, provincial politician and judge, with an honorary doctor of laws degree. During the 3 p.m. session, Memorial will confer member of Parliament and Senator Patricia (Pat) Carney an honorary doctor of laws degree.
Honorary degree recipients are chosen from nominations submitted by the public to the Senate, the university’s academic governing body, after a careful examination of the grounds for their nomination. The honorary doctorate degree is designed to recognize extraordinary contribution to society or the university or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement.
In addition, distinguished retired faculty members who were recently accorded the title professor emeritus/emerita by the university’s Senate will be recognized on Oct. 20.
Dr. Ken Barter, School of Social Work, and Drs. Shakti Chandra and Leslie Rourke, Faculty of Medicine, will be honoured at the 10 a.m. session. Dr. Alex Faseruk, Faculty of Business Administration, and Dr. Edgar Goodaire, Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, will be recognized at the 3 p.m. session. Dr. Alice Collins, Faculty of Education, and Dr. Beverley Diamond, School of Music, will be recognized at the 7:30 p.m. session.
The distinction professor emeritus/emerita is open only to retired members of the faculty. To be eligible, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criteria for nomination are sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.
Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, will address all three sessions of convocation in St. John’s.
For further information about convocation and those receiving special honours, please visit here. The broadcast will be available for viewing during each convocation session and archived on Memorial’s convocation website for future viewing.
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Media agencies are invited to attend convocation ceremonies. Limited media seating is available; media representatives should ask for David Sorensen or Meaghan Whelan at the north door entrance to the auditorium. Videotaping in the auditorium is restricted; a video feed or tape is available upon request. A full schedule follows this release.
For more information, please contact David Sorensen, communications, Memorial University, (709) 864-2143, cell (709) 685-7134, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Meaghan Whelan, communications, Memorial University, at (709) 864-2455, (709) 725-9605 or email@example.com.
Fall convocation schedule in St. John’s:
Thursday, Oct. 20 — 10 a.m.
Bachelor of arts (honours)
Bachelor of arts
Bachelor of physical education
Bachelor of recreation (co-operative)
Bachelor of recreation (honours)
Bachelor of recreation
Bachelor of kinesiology (co-operative)(honours)
Bachelor of kinesiology (co-operative)
Bachelor of kinesiology
Bachelor of nursing
Master of arts
Master of philosophy
Master of physical education
Master of social work
Master of nursing
Master of science in pharmacy
Master of employment relations
Master of science in medicine
Master of science in kinesiology
Master of public health
Master of gender studies
Doctor of philosophy
Doctor of psychology
Thursday, Oct. 20 — 3 p.m.
Bachelor of science (honours)
Bachelor of science
Bachelor of engineering
Bachelor of commerce (honours)
Bachelor of commerce (co-operative)(honours)
Bachelor of commerce (co-operative)
Bachelor of commerce
Bachelor of business administration (honors)
Bachelor of business administration
International bachelor of business administration
Bachelor of maritime studies
Bachelor of technology
Bachelor of fine arts (visual)
Bachelor of resource management
Master of science
Master of engineering
Master of business administration
Master of environmental science
Master of marine studies (fisheries resource management)
Master of applied science
Master of engineering management
Master of maritime management
Master of technology management
Master of applied psychological science (co-operative)
Master of science in management
Thursday, Oct. 20 —7:30 p.m.
Bachelor of music
Bachelor of special education
Bachelor of education (post-secondary)
Bachelor of education (intermediate/secondary)
Bachelor of education (primary/elementary)
Bachelor of music education
Master of education
Master of music
Master of arts and education (education and francophone literatures and cultures)