Nearly 2500 graduates being recognized during the 2022 Spring Convocation ceremonies

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: June 8, 2022 3:00 p.m.

Nearly 2,500 students received 2,673 degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the 2022 Spring Convocation.
Nearly 2,500 students received 2,673 degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the 2022 Spring Convocation. Photo credit: University Advancement and Communications

After two years of being held virtually due to COVID-19, the University of Regina’s annual Spring Convocation is once again being celebrated in-person. The ceremonies on June 8, 9, and 10, recognize the achievements of 2,491 students, who are receiving 2,673 degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

“It is a very rewarding and fulfilling experience to see these students – many of whom have spent the last four or more years with us – cross the stage to receive their parchments and become graduates and alumni of our University,” said University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jeff Keshen. “We are grateful to have been able to play a role in their educational journey and look forward to their continued growth and success in all their future endeavours.”

"Over the next three days, we join family and friends in recognizing, and celebrating, the achievements of almost 2,500 students who, through long hours of study, hard work and perseverance, have earned the credentials they are receiving,” University of Regina Chancellor Pam Klein said. “It is my distinct pleasure to serve as chair of the University’s annual Spring Convocation ceremonies and to applaud a truly life-changing achievement for these students.”

Convocation with people
The U of R Main Gym was full to the rafters of graduates and their proud friends and families on Day 1 of 2022 Spring Convocation. Photo: UAC.

The University is also recognizing three honorary degree recipients:

Colette Bourgonie

June 8 - Colette Bourgonje will be awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD) in recognition of her incredible athletic accomplishments, and service to the community at large. A Canadian Paralympic athlete and one of Saskatchewan’s most decorated athletes, Bourgonje represented Canada in seven winter Paralympic Games. She was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2019, the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2019, and into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2021.

Colette Bourgonie
Colette Bourgonie

Brigitte Baptiste

June 9 - Brigitte Baptiste will be awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD) in recognition of her international reputation reflecting many years of accomplishments. Whether speaking on environmental issues and biodiversity, representing the transgender voice, or combining the two, Baptiste is a role model at the forefront of her profession. Her passion for the conservation of endangered species in her native Colombia has received attention from governments around the world.

Brigitte Baptiste
Brigitte Baptiste

Dr. Saqib Shahab

June 10 - Dr. Saqib Shahab will be awarded a Doctor of Science honoris causa (DSc) in recognition of outstanding achievement in the pure and applied sciences. As Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shahab has been on the front line in explaining the public health response to the pandemic in both scientific and human terms. He is a Fellow in Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Shahab
Dr. Saqib Shahab

Convocation ceremonies are being held each day at 2 p.m. in Main Gym (3), Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport, at the U of R’s main campus. A live stream of the ceremonies is being posted on the University of Regina’s Facebook page so students, family and friends unable to attend in person, can watch and celebrate online.

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