News Release

REF NO.: 97

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

DATE: May 29, 2017

Some 2,500 degrees, including more than 500 graduate degrees, will be awarded to graduating Memorial University students during spring convocation.

The first three sessions of convocation took place at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre on May 18. Nine sessions run May 30-June 2 at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre.

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

Honorary degrees were conferred upon Calvin White, a Mi’kmaw elder, and Dr. Frank Hayden, founder of the Special Olympics, at the sessions in Corner Brook.

Moya Greene, president and CEO of the Royal Mail; Bob McDonald, popular host of the national science radio program, Quirks and Quarks; gardener Ross Traverse; businessperson and philanthropist Donald Lawson; and Marilyn Churley, environmentalist and politician, will receive their degrees during the St. John’s sessions.

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 sessions of convocation 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 here. The broadcast will be available for viewing during each convocation session and archived on Memorial’s convocation website for future viewing.

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