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SUBJECT: Grenfell College preparing for spring convocation
DATE: May 10, 2005

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College will hold its spring convocation ceremony in the college gymnasium on Friday, May 13.

Memorial University’s west coast campus will see 163 students accept degrees in arts, science, fine arts, commerce, social work, education and business administration during the ceremony that starts at 10 a.m. Rick Mercer, Newfoundland and Labrador television personality, writer and actor, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.

“Convocation celebrates the graduation of our undergraduate class as well as the accomplishments and success of our students,” says Dr. John Ashton, principal of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. “It’s also the time to take stock of the progress we have made during the previous year and to outline our plans for future growth and development. This year, Grenfell College has a wonderful story to tell.”

The ceremony will be webcast. For more information, visit www.swgc.mun.ca on May 13 and follow the links as noted.

Also in conjunction with the May 13 ceremony, the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery will host an opening reception for four this, this year’s annual Visual Arts Program fourth-year students’ exhibition. The reception will take place on May 13, 2 to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Fine Arts Building and is open to the public.

Mr. Mercer heads a list of luminaries who will be honoured by Memorial University during this year’s spring and fall convocation ceremonies. Distinguished author and editor Dr. David Pitt; professor of sport science Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper; humanitarian and soldier Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire; businessman Ches Penney; cultural theorist Dr. Henry Giroux; naturalist and conservationist Dr. Bernard Jackson and former St. John’s mayor and businessman John Murphy will receive honorary degrees at the St. John’s convocation ceremonies being held at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on May 25-27.

During the fall convocation ceremony slated for Oct. 21 in St. John's, honorary degrees will be awarded to Scott Hand, chairman and CEO of Inco Ltd., and Elizabeth Penashue, a community activist in Labrador.

Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer began his career in comedy performing and writing a series of one-man stage shows, beginning with Show Me the Button, I'll Push It, which debuted at the National Arts Centre in 1990 and went on to tour across the country. Subsequent theatre performances included I've Killed Before, I'll Kill Again (1992) and Canada: A Good Place to Hide (1995).

In 1994, this St. John’s native launched his television career as a performer and writer on the topical weekly show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which he left in 2001. In 1998, he joined Gerald Lunz and Michael Donovan to create the satirical dramatic series Made in Canada, where he again starred and contributed as a writer. In 2001, his special Talking to Americans became the highest rated Canadian comedy special of all time with 2.7 millions viewers.


Rick Mercer's Monday Report, a weekly half-hour of topical comedy, debuted on CBC Television in January 2004; it is now in its second season. In November 2004,

Mr. Mercer received the National Arts Centre Award at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, and in December 2004, he received two Gemini Awards: Best Writing in a Comedy and Best Performance in a Comedy for the CBC Television series Made in Canada.


In 2002, he was presented with an honorary doctor of letters from Laurentian University. Among numerous other awards, he has been co-named Journalist of the Year at the Atlantic Journalism Awards, Artist of the Year from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, and he has received a number of Canadian Comedy Awards.

Details on Memorial University’s remaining honorary degree recipients can be obtained at www.mun.ca/univrel/gazette/2004-2005/mar31/honorary.html.

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