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Year in Review | May

Honorary degree recipients named

A number of outstanding Canadians drawn from business, science, public life and the arts received honorary degrees from Memorial University during this spring's convocation ceremonies. In order of presentation, this spring's honorary graduands were: writer, actor and artistic director of Rising Tide Theatre, Donna Butt; former federal cabinet minister, Flora MacDonald; noted tenor, Ben Heppner, president of the National Research Council, Dr. Arthur Carty; local entrepreneur, Melvin Woodward; Thomas Kent, political and social policy researcher and administrator; former chairman of Memorial's Board of Regents and Lt.-Gov. of Newfoundland and Labrador, Edward Roberts; and noted choral musician Sir David Willcocks.

Students attending Memorial University this fall will pay less for tuition thanks to the support of the provincial government. Memorial's governing body, the Board of Regents, recently approved a tuition decrease that will see many of Memorial's tuition fees reduced by five per cent. The provincial government provided funding to the university to compensate for the reduction. Tuition for full-time undergraduate students in most programs at Memorial is now $2,670 per year, the lowest in Atlantic Canada, and among the lowest in Canada (only tuition fees at Quebec universities for Quebec students are lower). The board's recent decision will drop that figure to $2,537 per year, effective September 2003. This is the third year in a row that Memorial has, as a result of the provincial government's support, reduced tuition fees for the majority of its students. The reduction does not apply to medical students, students at the university's Fisheries and Marine Institute and international students.