U of R to recognize three honorary degree recipients at Spring Convocation

News Release Release Date: June 1, 2021 11:00 a.m.

The University of Regina will bestow honorary degrees, its most distinguished honour, on a trio of recipients at the U of R’s virtual, Spring Convocation ceremony on June 11, 2021.

Carol LaFayette-Boyd BSW’85

In 1992, on a whim, Carol LaFayette-Boyd competed in her first masters track meet. Although she hadn’t competed in track and field since high school, she captured the 100-metre and 200-metre gold medals and has been competing ever since. She holds world records in the indoor 60 metres, 200 metres, long jump and triple jump. Her world outdoor records include 100 metres, 200 metres, high jump, long jump and triple jump. In 2018, at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Málaga, Spain, she won five gold medals and set world records in the 200 metres and high jump. As a result, she was named the 2018 Female Athlete of the Year by World Masters Athletics. She was voted into the Canadian Masters Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Regina Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Prior to her track and field career, LaFayette-Boyd worked in nursing and social work. In 1965, she completed her psychiatric nursing training at the Saskatchewan Hospital in Weyburn. She later decided to return to her studies earning a social work certificate in 1977 by taking night classes. In 1985 she earned a degree in Social Work and continued working, holding positions in Social Services and Corrections. 

Dr. Eric Grimson BSc'75 (High Honours) 

After graduating from the University of Regina, Dr. Eric Grimson went on to earn a doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1980. He soon became a faculty member at the institution and has gone on to teach tens of thousands of undergraduate students and supervise some 50 MIT doctoral candidates. His online course in computer science has been taken by roughly two million learners worldwide. Grimson is widely known for his research in computer vision, especially as it relates to medical image analysis and neurosurgery.

He has earned fellowships in the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Association for Computing Machinery, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

Grimson was named the first Bernard M. Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering in 1998. He also served as head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, associate department head from 2004 to 2005, and education officer from 2001 to 2004. From 2011 until 2014, he served as Chancellor of MIT and in his current role as MIT’s Chancellor for Academic Advancement represents the institution to alumni, parents and others. He also serves as an advisor to MIT’s president on issues related to the institution’s Campaign for a Better World, a six billion dollar campaign to meet humanity’s urgent global challenges through the vision and talent of the people of MIT. In 2011, he was awarded a University of Regina Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for lifetime achievement. 

Roberta Jamieson, OC 

A tireless, lifelong, Indigenous advocate, Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford, Ontario. She is a woman who has defined many firsts. She was the first Canadian First Nations woman to earn a law degree, first non-Parliamentarian to be appointed an ex-officio member of the House of Commons Special Committee on Indian Self-Government, first Aboriginal Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario, first woman appointed as Ontario’s Ombudsman and first woman elected chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. 

She has received numerous distinctions including the Goodman Fellowship from the University of Toronto, Mary Parker Follett Award from the International Association for Conflict Resolution, National Aboriginal Achievement Award and Inter-American Award at the Conference of the Americas on International Education. She was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1994 and in June 2016, was promoted to an officer of the Order of Canada. She was also appointed to the inaugural Gender Equality Advisory Council of the G7 Summit. 

In 2004, Jamieson became president and CEO of Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), an Indigenous charity which invests in Indigenous post-secondary education. She also served as the executive producer of the Indspire Awards, an annual, nationally-televised award program that honours Indigenous achievement. During her time there, Indspire distributed $132 million in bursaries and scholarships to more than 40,000 Indigenous post-secondary students across Canada. She stepped down from the position earlier this year. Her University of Regina honorary degree is Jamieson’s 28th.  

Interviews with the honorary degree recipients can be arranged via the listed media contact.


About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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