News Release

REF NO.: 67

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

DATE: May 27, 2019

An annual rite of passage, Memorial’s spring convocation will see more than 2,700 degrees, including more than 600 graduate degrees, awarded.

Convocation took place at the Corner Brook Civic Centre on May 16; nine sessions will go ahead at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre from May 28-31.

President Gary Kachanoski will address all sessions of convocation and will be joined by other members of Memorial’s senior administration who will speak at various ceremonies.

Ceremonies will be broadcast live online at www.mun.ca during each session of convocation. Webcasts will be viewable 10 minutes prior to the start of each session. The recorded broadcasts will be archived on Memorial’s convocation website for future viewing.


While spring convocation highlights Memorial’s newest graduates, it is also an opportunity to recognize leading cultural, academic and social leaders with the awarding of eight honorary degrees.

An honorary doctor of laws degree was conferred upon performer and cultural leader Shirley Montague and upon community doctor and community activist Dr. Ian Simpson during the May 16 session of convocation in Corner Brook.

At the St. John’s sessions of convocation, honorary degrees will be awarded to former Newfoundland and Labrador lieutenant-governor Frank Fagan; philanthropist Elaine Dobbin; Dr. Norman Campbell, a champion of the prevention and control of hypertension; and the entertainers Kevin Blackmore, Wayne Chaulk and Ray Johnson, also known as Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.

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.

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