The U of R’s 44th annual Spring Convocation, the largest ever, is being held June 6, 7, and 8

By Dale Johnson Posted: June 4, 2018 3:30 p.m.

A total of 2,261 people will be award degrees, certificates, or diplomas during ceremonies at the Conexus Arts Centre this week.
A total of 2,261 people will be award degrees, certificates, or diplomas during ceremonies at the Conexus Arts Centre this week. Photo: U of R Photography.

The 44th annual Spring Convocation will honour the University of Regina’s largest ever graduating class with 2,261 graduands crossing the stage on June 6, 7, and 8 to receive degrees, certificates or diplomas.

The ceremonies will be held each day at 2:00 p.m. at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

“I am so proud of all of our hardworking and dedicated students whose educational journey we are celebrating this week,” says University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.

As well, honorary degrees, the highest honour bestowed by the University of Regina, will be awarded to four people.  

On June 6, Sheldon Kennedy will receive an honorary degree for his advocacy work to prevent child abuse and bullying, stemming from his own experience of being sexually abused by his coach while playing for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.

On June 7, philanthropists Roberta McKay and Elmer Brenner will receive honorary degrees in recognition of their many contributions to community life. McKay, a dermatologist, and Brenner, a visual artist and designer, have over the years touched the lives of many people, particularly in the arts and health care areas.

On June 8, Brad Hornung, a former Regina Pats star and University of Regina alumnus will receive an honorary degree for his determination and perseverance. Hornung was 18 when his dream of a professional career came to a sudden end in a game in 1987 when he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic.