University celebrating its largest spring Convocation

Posted: May 31, 2016 12:00 p.m.

The stage is set at the Conexus Arts Centre for a record number of graduating students.
The stage is set at the Conexus Arts Centre for a record number of graduating students. Photo - U of R Photography

A time to celebrate and a time to reflect on a journey completed. The stage at the Conexus Arts Centre will be filled with graduating students.  

This year, the U of R will celebrate is largest Convocation. From June 1 – 3 at the 42nd annual Spring Convocation, 2,162 students will graduate from the University and join its family of more than 68,000 alumni.

“An occasion like this – when I see our graduates face-to-face as they cross the stage, and speak with them after the ceremony – reinforces my view that the primary way the University makes an impact is through our graduates,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor. “It is readily apparent how much a University of Regina degree means to our students and their families.”

The students and those in the audience will also be inspired by the Honorary degree recipients. They are: Chief Tammy Cook-Searson (honorary Doctor of Laws degree), Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band: Jack Semple (honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree), Gemini and Juno award-winning musician; and Gavin Semple (honorary Doctor of Laws degree), Chair of the Brandt Group of Companies.

Ceremonies are webcast live at the time of the ceremony and are also available for viewing after the ceremony.  

Avnee Paranjape
Avnee Paranjape is the recipient of The President’s Medal, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in English and a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

17 students will be presented with awards for academic excellence and commitment to community service.

President’s Medal

The President's Medal will be awarded to Avnee Paranjape, who is graduating with two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts Honours in English and a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

The President's Medal is awarded at each Convocation to a student receiving a first degree who has shown academic excellence as well as exemplary leadership in, and commitment to, extra-curricular activities.  Paranjape has received a major scholarship from the University of Toronto to start studies toward a Master of Arts degree.

Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal

The recipient of the Governor General's Academic Gold Medal, which recognizes the most outstanding academic performance of a graduate student, is Dr. Xiaoli Li, who graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Systems Engineering. She has been the recipient of numerous graduate scholarships and awards, including being awarded a Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada.

Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal

The Governor General's Academic Silver Medal is awarded to the undergraduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a Bachelor's degree program. The recipient is Lenard Paul Arnold, who earns a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Great Distinction, and a major in Accounting. In addition to his BBA degree, Arnold is also receiving a Certificate in Economics with Distinction from the Faculty of Arts.

Additional Student Award Winners
Students who demonstrated high academic achievement and a deep commitment to their community are:

  • Lenard Paul Arnold – Leon Goldman Scholarship
  • Raquel Renee Bellefleur – Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Prize
  • Kyla Jean Collins – University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • Katherine Mckenzie Cotter – Faculty of Nursing/Saskatchewan  Polytechnic Deans’ Medal
  • Jennifer Lynn Dmitruk – University Prize in Social Work
  • Caleb Vaughn Friedrick – Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Gold Medal in Engineering
  • Caleb Vaughn Friedrick – Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Medal
  • Kristen Leanne Gray – Faculty of Science Dean’s Medal
  • Miranda Ashley Gudereit – S.E Stewart Award in Arts
  • Amy Myrra Hahto – Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Practice
  • Shina Jane Hom – W.A. Riddell Award in Media, Art, and Performance
  • Zachary Kyle Horvath – University Prize in Science
  • Amira Anwar Muftah – University Medal
  • Avnee Raman Paranjape – Faculty of Arts Dean’s Medal
  • Teresa Marie Puglia – Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance Dean’s Medal
  • Brenda Faye Thiessen – Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Medal
  • Michelle Vera Wall – Bachelor of Education After Degree (BEAD) Convocation Prize
Says Dr. Timmons, “It is inspiring to see young people who entered our University as bright, talented and enthusiastic students leave with experience, wisdom and a vision for how they can and will make a difference in our world.”