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Hats off to the University of Regina’s Fall 2021 graduates

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: October 22, 2021 4:00 p.m.

The Fall 2021 Convocation celebrated the accomplishments of almost 1,000 graduates
The Fall 2021 Convocation celebrated the accomplishments of almost 1,000 graduates Photo: UAC

Today, the University of Regina’s Fall 2021 Convocation celebrated the accomplishments of 998 graduates who received 1,037 degrees, diplomas, and certificates – both record numbers at a Fall U of R Convocation. The graduates join the U of R’s alumni community that now numbers more than 80,000 strong and extends around the globe.

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Dr. Jeff Keshen was officially installed as the
U of R’s eighth President and Vice-Chancellor.
Photo: UAC

For the first time in two years, the Convocation ceremony was able to be safely held in person, although the event was limited to graduates and a small platform party only (with COVID-19 safety protocols in place including proof of vaccination). Graduating students who were unable to participate in person were able to attend the event virtually via livestream. Friends, family, faculty, staff, and current students were also able to watch and cheer on all the graduates. 

“These graduates represent the very best of our University and province, and it was a tremendous privilege for me to congratulate each of them as they crossed the Convocation stage,” said Dr. Jeff Keshen, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. “As students, they demonstrated remarkable dedication to their studies, particularly in challenging circumstances over the past year and a half. As alumni, they will continue to be a source of great pride for our University. And as educated and engaged citizens, they will contribute meaningfully and in myriad ways to their communities here in Saskatchewan, across the country, and indeed around the world.” 

Dr. Keshen was officially installed as the University’s eighth President and Vice-Chancellor at the ceremony. 

“Although it is marked by a considerable amount of ceremony, the installation of a university president is more than just a symbolic act,” said Dr. Keshen. “For me, it provided an opportunity to communicate to our graduates my belief in the power of education, and in particular, the power of a University of Regina education. Ours is a dynamic, progressive institution that in fewer than 50 years has helped prepare more than 80,000 alumni to make a positive impact on the world. The future is bright for the University of Regina in large part because of the passionate people in our University community. It is an honour to join them in a spirit of collegiality and collaboration, ‘As One Who Serves.’” 

Two graduates were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and their contributions to the University and broader community: 

Dr. Amy Richter, Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Systems Engineering, was awarded the University of Regina President’s Distinguished Graduate Student Award. Dr. Richter graduated with a grade point average of 95.50%. During her studies she received over 35 graduate awards for her academic excellence, valued at over $170,000. Her research is in the field of Canadian waste management and she has over 50 publications, including 28 journal papers, 16 conference papers, and 9 magazine articles in addition to consultancy reports and theses. 

Celina Earl, Bachelor of Kinesiology Honours, Human Kinetics with High Honours, was awarded both the University of Regina President’s Medal and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies Dean’s Medal. Celina graduated with a grade point average of 88.56%. She has been described as inclusive, innovative, determined, thoughtful, and meticulous in regards to her work as a volunteer, student, and researcher. Her ability to be a proactive and enthusiastic learner, paired with her problem-solving and adept social skills, will prove to be an asset in many facets of her life and career in years to come. 

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The Fall 2021 graduates were recognized
in a small, COVID-safe, convocation
ceremony. Photo: UAC

Graduates recognized for their achievements within their respective Faculties include:  

Véronique Mireault, Faculty of Arts Dean’s Medal and University Prize in Arts 

Emma Ulmer, Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Medal 

Dawson Williams-Nadler, University Prize in Business Administration 

Thor Stewart, Bachelor of Education After Degree (BEAD) Convocation Prize 

Bushra Kainat, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Award 

Mebin Babu, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Medal and University Prize

in Engineering and Applied Science 

Brittney Davis, University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies 

Emma Eaton, Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance Dean’s Medal 

Alanna Van De Sype, Faculty of Nursing and School of Nursing Dean’s Medal and Saskatchewan

Registered Nurses’ Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Practice 

Mandeep Singh Dhillon, Faculty of Science Dean’s Medal 

Shuyao Jin, University Prize in Science 

Kyla Kerr, University Prize in Social Work 

A recording of the Fall 2021 Convocation ceremony is available online. The event will be rebroadcast on Access Broadcasting on November 5 at 1 p.m. and November 19 at 3 p.m., and is available on AccessNowTV.ca at any time. 

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