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REF NO.: 193

SUBJECT: Memorial University to hold spring convocation ceremonies next week

DATE: May 22

Note to editors:                                          
            More than 2,000 degrees will be awarded at Memorial University’s annual spring convocation at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre next week. There will be eight sessions of convocation from May 27-30, 2008. Outstanding individuals from the worlds of business, politics and academia will be awarded honorary degrees during the convocation ceremonies. 
            The honorary graduands include: fisheries activist and decorated athlete Gus Etchegary; Second World War atomic bomb survivor John Ford; Irish businessman and politician Walter Kirwan; scholar and geographer David Lowenthal; retired teacher and Salvation Army Officer Gladys Osmond; public servant and arts supporter John Perlin; civil rights activist and survivor of the sinking of USS Truxton Lanier Phillips; and aboriginal leader and advocate Mary May Simon. Detailed biographies of all the honorary degree recipients are (and a schedule) available at (April 11).
            Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the Senate, the university’s academic governing body, after a very careful examination of the grounds for their nomination.
            The honorary doctorate is designed to recognize extraordinary contribution to society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. The awarding of honorary doctorates, an important feature of Memorial’s convocation, serves to celebrate both the individual and the university as well as to inspire graduates, their families and guests.
            David Quinton, CBC-TV producer and broadcaster, was honoured during convocation at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College held on May 16 in Corner Brook.
Memorial’s acting president, Dr. Eddy Campbell, will deliver his report to convocation during the 10 a.m. session of convocation on Friday, May 30.
            For further information about convocation, please visit
            Memorial’s spring convocation is also being broadcast live on the web. More details about this Internet broadcast are available at the convocation website, located at
            Media agencies are invited to attend convocation ceremonies. Limited media seating is available and media representatives should ask for Ivan Muzychka at the north door entrance to the auditorium. Videotaping in the auditorium is restricted; a video feed or tape is available upon request.

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