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SUBJECT: Memorial University to hold spring convocation ceremonies next week

DATE: May 22,2009

 
More than 2,000 degrees will be awarded at Memorial University’s annual spring convocation at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre next week. There will be eight sessions of convocation from May 26-29, 2009. The university is also celebrating the 100th regular convocation. In addition, outstanding individuals from the worlds of business, politics and academia will be awarded honorary degrees during the convocation ceremonies.
The honourees include: former federal cabinet minister and Nobel Prize nominee Lloyd Axworthy; traditional singer and archivist Anita Best; celebrated author Richard Gwyn; physician and administrator Dr. Linda Inkpen; acclaimed theatre director and instructor Jillian Keiley; anthropologist Dr. Robert Paine; environmentalist and broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki; and volunteer and philanthropist Sam Walters. Noted photographer Ben Hansen was honoured at convocation ceremonies held at Grenfell College on May 15.
Honorary degree recipients are chosen from nominations from the public by the Senate, the university's academic governing body, after a very careful examination of the grounds for their nomination.  The honorary doctorate degree 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.
To celebrate its 100th regular convocation, Memorial University commissioned new Convocation music that is being premiered this spring and has published a book of selected orations.
The call to Canadian composers went out in December asking for an original suite of ceremonial music for Memorial's convocations from now on. Dr. Michael Parker was selected. Dr. Parker had a long and distinguished career as a professor of classics at Memorial's Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus and as a composer whose music has been commissioned, recorded and performed across Canada.
"I am really, really pleased," Dr. Parker said earlier this year. "I have been at Grenfell for 30 years in education and it is very exciting to compose music for what is the climax of a student's journey. This is a wonderful opportunity to combine my interest in classics and music."
Also in the spirit of commemoration, university orator Prof. Shane O’Dea has collected and edited a selection of orations from previous years. Prof. O'Dea has been public orator at the university since 1995. His compilation of orations celebrates the work of the university's orators over the years and the lives and careers of the distinguished graduands who they present to Convocation. The book is also an homage to Dr. George Story, Memorial's first public orator, appointed when the post was established in 1960. He held the position until his death in 1994. Dr. Story was a distinguished scholar best known as one of the authors of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. Orations: A Selection of Orations from Memorial's Convocations contains 36 orations from 12 different orators and is available at the university bookstore on the St. John's campus.           
Memorial’s acting president, Dr. Eddy Campbell, will deliver his report to convocation during the 10 a.m. session of convocation on Friday, May 29.
The university is also developing an eight-page Convocation supplement in collaboration with The Telegram. The May 30 feature — bound to be a keepsake for graduates and their families – will feature the names of the graduates together with stories on the notable achievements of some graduates.
For further information about convocation, please visit www.mun.ca/convocation/about/.
Memorial’s spring convocation is also being broadcast live on the World Wide Web. More details about this Internet broadcast are available at the convocation website, located at www.mun.ca..
 

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Media agencies are invited to attend convocation ceremonies. Limited media seating is available and media representatives should ask for Ivan Muzychka at the north door entrance to the auditorium. Videotaping in the auditorium is restricted; a video feed or tape is available upon request. Full schedule follows this release.

For further information, please contact Ivan Muzychka, associate director (communications), Memorial University, (709) 737-8665, cell (709) 687-9433. 



Convocation Schedule Spring 2009
 
 
Date
Readers
Degrees
Degrees Conferred
Orator
TUES.
MAY 26
10 a.m.
 
Mary-Kaye MacFarlane
 
Glenn Collins
B.A.(Hons.), B.A. (surnames A-L),
 
M.A., M.Phil.,
Ph.D.
Robert Paine
Doctor of Letters
Shane O’Dea
TUES.
MAY 26
3 p.m.
 
Mary-Kaye MacFarlane
 
Sheila Singleton
B.A. (surnames M-Z),
 
 
B.B.A.(Hons.), B.B.A.
Linda Inkpen
Doctor of Laws
Annette Staveley
WED.
MAY 27
10 a.m.
 
 
Mary Jane Puxley
 
 
 
 
 
Sheila Singleton
 
B.Comm.,
B.Comm.Hons.(Co-op.),
B.Comm.(Co-op.), I.B.B.A.(Hons.), I.B.B.A.,
 
M.Sc., M.B.A., M.E.R., M.Sc.(Med), M.Sc.(Kin.)
Sam Walters Doctor of Laws
Dale Foster
WED. MAY 27 3 p.m.
 
Patricia Walsh
Sheila Singleton
B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Sc.
 
David Suzuki
Doctor of Science
Annette Staveley
THURS.
MAY 28
10 a.m.
 
Elizabeth Hillman
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phyllis McCann
 
Elizabeth Hillman
B.P.E.(Hons.), B.P.E., B.P.E.Hons.(Co-op.), B.P.E.(Co­-op.), B.Rec.(Co-op.), B.Rec., B.Kin.Hons.(Co-op.), B.Kin.(Co-op.), B.Kin.(Hons.), B.Kin.,
 
B.S.W., B.Sc.(Pharm)
 
M.D.
 
Jillian Keiley
Doctor of Letters
 
Shane O’Dea
THURS.
MAY 28
3 p.m.
 
Maria Murray
 
Phyllis McCann
 
B.Eng., B.M.S., B.Tech.,
 
M.Eng., M.S.W., M.Env.Sc., M.M.S.(Fish. Res. Mgmt.), M.W.S, M.A.P.S.
Anita Best
Doctor of Letters
Kjellrun Hestekin
FRI.
MAY 29
10 a.m.
 
Tracey Boone
 
Roxanne Preston
 
B.N.,
 
M.Ed., M.N., M.Mus.
Lloyd Axworthy
Doctor of Laws
Donald McKay
 
FRI.
MAY 29
3 p.m.  
 
Tracy Thorne
 
Joe Byrne
 
 
B.Mus.(Hons.), B.Mus.,
 
B.Sp.Ed., B.Ed.(N&N), B.Mus.Ed., B.Ed.(Int/Sec), B.Ed.(Pst.Sec), B.Ed.(Pri/Elem)
Richard Gwyn
Doctor of Letters
Donald McKay
 
 

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