News Release

REF NO.: 159

SUBJECT: Memorial University to hold spring convocation ceremonies in St. John's

DATE: May 25, 2015

More than 2,400 degrees will be awarded to graduating Memorial University students during nine sessions of convocation from May 26-29 at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. The first three sessions of convocation were held at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre on May 8.

Along with the newest cohort of spring graduates crossing the stage, Memorial University is presenting nine outstanding people with degrees honoris causa at spring ceremonies.

In St. John’s, honorary degrees will be awarded to child advocate and Roots of Empathy founder Mary Gordon; social entrepreneur Zita Cobb; women in science role model Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour; hockey legend Howie Meeker; architect Dr. Robert Mellin; educator and entrepreneur Dr. Georgina Hedges; and community advocate Penelope Rowe. (Gen. William Carr (Ret’d) is not available to participate as originally announced.)

Inuk elder Sarah Anala and filmmaker Barbara Doran were awarded honorary doctorates during sessions of convocation in Corner Brook.

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.

Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial’s president and vice-chancellor, will address all nine sessions of convocation in St. John’s and will be joined by other members of Memorial’s senior administration who will speak at various ceremonies.

For further information about convocation and those receiving special honours, please visit www.mun.ca/convocation. Memorial’s spring convocation will be broadcast live on the Internet. The broadcast will be available for viewing at www.mun.ca during each convocation session and archived on Memorial’s convocation website for future viewing. The convocation program, including the names of all 2015 spring graduates, is also available at www.mun.ca/convocation.

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