Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, held its annual spring convocation ceremony at the Pepsi Centre on Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m.
Memorial University’s Corner Brook campus conferred more than 150 degrees in areas such as arts, business administration, education, fine arts, kinesiology, nursing, resource management, social work and science and technology, as well as master’s degrees in education.
For his exceptional contribution to music on Newfoundland’s west coast, Gary Graham received an honorary doctor of laws. Music teacher, organist and choir director, Mr. Graham has been a force in the musical, cultural and artistic life of Corner Brook since arriving on the west coast in 1966. The organizations that have benefitted from his time include the AIDS Committee of Western Newfoundland, the Status of Women Anti-Violence Walk, Western Memorial Regional Hospital Foundation, the Children’s Wish Foundation, the Corner Brook Rotary Club, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and Gros Morne Summer Music. For his efforts and guidance, Mr. Graham was recognized by the province in 2004 as one of the first recipients of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Grenfell’s students at Western Regional School of Nursing continued their celebration in the afternoon with the annual School of Nursing awards ceremony in the Humber Room of the Pepsi Centre at 2:30 p.m.
The convocation ceremony was webcast live; a recorded version will be uploaded by 2 p.m. The website will be accessible via the Grenfell homepage, www.grenfell.mun.ca. The ceremonies will also be aired on Rogers TV, Cable 9 in the weeks ahead. Copies of the DVD will be made available for sale at the campus bookstore.
The public is asked to send congratulatory messages to both Mr. Graham and the graduates through Twitter using #grenfell13. All messages were displayed on monitors outside the ceremony.
Convocation in St. John’s takes place at the Arts and Culture Centre from Tuesday, May 28, to Friday, May 31, where honorary degrees will be awarded to theatre director Barbara Barrett, former Memorial chancellor Gen. Rick Hillier, humanitarian Susan Patten, Cancer Society volunteer Margot Reid, businessman and philanthropist Joseph Rotman and former chair of Memorial’s Board of Regents Robert Simmonds.