Largest Spring Convocation ever gets underway today

By Dale Johnson Posted: June 6, 2018 9:45 a.m.

The 44th annual Spring Convocation will see 2,261 students receive degrees, certificates or diplomas.
The 44th annual Spring Convocation will see 2,261 students receive degrees, certificates or diplomas. Photo: U of R Photography.

The University of Regina’s 44th annual Spring Convocation is being held on June 6, 7, and 8 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina starting at 2:00 p.m. each day.

It’s the largest Spring Convocation ever, with 2,261 students receiving degrees, diplomas, and certificates. They will join the ranks of more than 72,000 University of Regina alumni.

Among the outstanding student awards:

•    The University of Regina President’s Medal will be awarded to Jae Won Hur, who is graduating with a Business Administration degree with Great Distinction, after earning a 91.8 per cent grade point average.

•    The Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal will be presented to Thuntida Ngamkham, who has earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics while maintaining a 95 per cent average. Her thesis taps into Indigenous knowledge in order to model water quality dynamics in Indigenous communities.

•    Belma Kamencic is receiving the Governor General's Academic Silver Medal as the most distinguished graduate receiving a first degree. Belma has earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree and maintained a 96.3 per cent average.

•    The University Medal is presented at each Spring Convocation to the undergraduate student who has had the highest academic standing during the previous 12 months. This year's recipient is Andie Chernoff, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology through Luther College. Andie's sessional grade point average is 98.4 per cent.

“This Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we will have more than 2,200 reminders of why the work that we do together at the University of Regina is so important,” said U of R President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.

As well, honorary degrees will be awarded:

•    On June 6, Sheldon Kennedy will receive an honorary degree for his advocacy work to prevent child abuse and bullying.

•    On June 7, philanthropists Roberta McKay and Elmer Brenner will receive honorary degrees in recognition of their many contributions to community life.

•    On June 8, Brad Hornung (BA’96), a former Regina Pats star, will receive an honorary degree for his determination and perseverance.