News Releases

The Divison of Marketing and Communications provides access to the most up-to-date information released by Memorial University of Newfoundland. Archives of previous news releases are also available.

To access news releases from Grenfell Campus please click here.

REF NO.: 329

SUBJECT: Memorial University to hold spring convocation from May 25-27, 2005

DATE: May 20

Note to editors:

Memorial University will be holding its annual spring convocation from May 25-27, 2005, in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. Over 2,000 degrees will be awarded at the seven sessions of convocation.

The convocation ceremonies will also see honorary degrees awarded to outstanding men and women drawn from the worlds of business, science, public life and the arts. The honorary graduands include: distinguished author and editor Dr. David Pitt; professor of sport science Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper; businessman Ches Penney; cultural theorist Dr. Henry Giroux; naturalist and conservationist Dr. Bernard Jackson and former St. John’s mayor and businessman John Murphy.

Humanitarian and soldier Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire was to receive an honorary degree on May 25 but unexpectedly had to cancel his trip to St. John’s. He will receive his degree at a future session of convocation.

Comedian and writer Rick Mercer was recognized with an honorary doctor of letters at the Grenfell College convocation held on May 13, 2005. In the fall convocation 2005, slated for Oct. 21, 2005, in St. John’s, honorary degrees will be awarded to Scott Hand, chairman and CEO of Inco Ltd., and Elizabeth Penashue, a community activist in Labrador.

Memorial's president, Dr. Axel Meisen, will deliver his report to convocation during the 10 a.m.session of convocation on Friday, May 27. For further information about convocation, please visit

Memorial's spring convocation is also being broadcast live on the World Wide Web. More details about this Internet broadcast are available at the convocation Web site, located at

- 30 -

For further information, please contact Ivan Muzychka, manager, Memorial University News Service, 737-8665, cell 687-9433. 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 from the Centre for Academic and Media Services (CAMS). For a complete convocation schedule, please visit


Marketing & Communications

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000