Celebrating our 45th annual Fall Convocation

By Everett Dorma Posted: October 19, 2018 4:05 p.m.

703 graduates received 718 degrees, diplomas, or certificates at the 45th annual Fall Convocation.
703 graduates received 718 degrees, diplomas, or certificates at the 45th annual Fall Convocation. Photos by External Relations

Family and friends gathered at the Conexus Arts Centre to recognize and celebrate the achievements of 703 graduates at the University’s 45th annual Fall Convocation.

“To watch our students transform throughout their academic journey, and to have the chance to celebrate their achievements with them and their families on Convocation day, is both a privilege and an honour,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor.

Eleven graduates received 16 awards recognizing outstanding academic achievement, volunteerism, and contributions to building community, including:

Hien Thanh (Alice) Nguyen who received the University of Regina President’s Medal. This medal is awarded at each convocation to a student receiving a first degree who has shown academic excellence as well as major leadership in, and commitment to, extra-curricular activities. She graduated today with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, with Great Distinction. Her exceptional grade point average of 92.44% is the highest amongst the members of our graduating class this fall. She also received her Certificate in Economics from the Faculty of Arts at today’s convocation with a program grade point average of 92.00%.

Nguyen’s many contributions as a volunteer include: developing sustainability projects with Enactus, a student organization that uses business expertise to address social issues; mentoring former members of the armed forces in the Faculty’s Based in Business program; helping to develop financial processes for a student club; helping other Vietnamese immigrants with legal, health and work issues; helping to translate a book for a Zen Master; and, volunteering as a reporter while on a student exchange in Korea.

Harrison Otis who is the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Graduate Student Award. This award is presented to the student deemed to have achieved an exceptional thesis, exhibition, or performance, and corresponding defense, and who had an outstanding academic performance in their graduate program. Leadership and university or community involvement is also considered.

Otis received a Masters of Arts in English. His thesis, titled A Love That Points: The Teleologies of Evelyn Waugh and Iris Murdoch, was highly praised by the External Examiner Dr. Patrick Query, “on every page of his thesis I felt edified, engaged, respected and led”. Dr. Marcel DeCoste, Harrison's supervisor, noted that “Otis’s research embodies what is best about scholarship in the humanities: this work pays close attention to what is occupying the present moment while not neglecting the importance of the past.”

Otis also served on the English Students Association and on his own initiated a weekend retreat away from the city in order for students to discuss a variety of books and ideas outside of the classroom.

Congratulations to Nguyen, Otis and all of the other graduates being celebrated today and who join the University of Regina’s more than 73,000 family of alumni!