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SUBJECT: Grenfell: Grenfell to hold spring convocation 2010

DATE: May 11, 2010

      Sir Wilfred Grenfell College will hold its annual spring convocation ceremony at the Pepsi Studio on Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m.
      Memorial University’s Corner Brook campus will confer 151 bachelor’s degrees in areas such as arts, business administration, fine arts, music, music education, nursing, science and science in pharmacy, as well as three master’s degrees in business administration, education and science. An honorary doctor of laws degree will be awarded to Stephen Lewis for his contributions to Canada and for his role in effecting social change internationally.
      Grenfell’s students at Western Regional School of Nursing will participate in the annual school of nursing awards ceremony in the meeting rooms of the Pepsi Centre at 2:30 p.m.
      The ceremony will be webcast live at http://www.distance.mun.ca/media/files/live/ and a recorded version will be uploaded by 2 p.m. The ceremonies will also be aired on local cable television in the weeks ahead. Copies of the DVD will be made available for sale at the college bookstore.
      Convocation in St. John’s takes place at the Arts and Culture Centre from Tuesday, May 25, to Friday, May 28. In St. John’s, degrees will be awarded to dancer and choreographer Christopher House; businessman and philanthropist Rex Anthony; Hall-of-Fame hockey player George Faulkner; doctor and Salvation Army officer Dawn Howse; and a leader of the provincial filmmaking community, Paul Pope.
      For more information about convocation at Grenfell College, contact Jana Walsh at (709) 637-6275 or jwalsh@swgc.mun.ca  or click on the convocation icon at www.swgc.mun.ca.

Biography: Stephen Lewis

      One of the most visible Canadians on the world scene, Stephen Lewis has had an extraordinary career in effecting change.
      At age 25, Mr. Lewis was an elected member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly, where he served from 1963 to 1978. In 1970 he became leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party and subsequently became leader of the Official Opposition.
      His standing as a man of principle was likely what led Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to appoint him as Canadian ambassador to the United Nations in 1984; this was the first of his several senior United Nations roles spanning two decades. However, it was in his role as the UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa (2001-2006) that he had the greatest impact, helping to bring global attention to the severity of the AIDS pandemic in Africa.
      Mr. Lewis is the chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
      Stephen Lewis holds 30 honorary degrees from Canadian universities and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. He was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal in 2004 by the United Nations Association in Canada; the award celebrates outstanding achievement in the field of international service and understanding.

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