University of Regina’s Spring 2021 Convocation celebrates more than 2,500 graduates

News Release Release Date: June 11, 2021 5:00 a.m.

Today, the University of Regina’s 47th Spring Convocation celebrates the accomplishments of more than 2,500 students who are receiving more than 2,700 degrees, certificates and diplomas – the highest number ever at a single U of R convocation.

“During the several years these graduates have been with us they have exhibited resilience, innovation and perseverance. That they have reached this milestone in the midst of a global pandemic, and after more than a year of unprecedented change for the University, is truly laudable,” said Thomas Chase, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. “The University is proud to have served these students and is looking forward to their many future accomplishments as they join our family of almost 80,000 alumni around the globe.” 

“Convocation is a time to recognize and celebrate all of our graduates and I am deeply honoured to welcome them to their Spring 2021 Convocation,” University of Regina Chancellor Pam Klein said. “A University credential is a sound investment in the future of the graduate, and of society, so it is natural for us to look to the future at this time. However, I encourage our graduates to take a moment to reflect on their time at the U of R and appreciate how much they have accomplished, the friends they have made and all of the other experiences which have led to this day.” 

As previously announced the University is recognizing three distinguished honorary degree recipients: Carol LaFayette-Boyd CSW’77, BSW’85, Roberta Jamieson, OC, Dr Eric Grimson BSc’75 (High Honours) at this convocation and their recognition is now available here

Several of our graduates are also being recognized for their outstanding academic achievement, volunteerism and building community including: 

Nathanael Bergbusch, Master of Science, Biology was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal which recognizes the outstanding academic performance of a graduate student. Bergbusch’s Master’s thesis titled The Impact of a Nitrogen-Removal Wastewater Upgrade on Primary Producers in Phosphorous-rich Streams of the Northern Great Plains largely focuses on the impact of Regina’s $158 million wastewater treatment plant upgrade on the water quality of two prairie rivers, Wascana Creek and the Qu’Appelle River. 

Bergbusch has multiple publications and has spoken at national and international conferences, collaborated with researchers and worked with many students. While being an exemplary scholar, he is also very involved in the community as well. In recognition of this work, he was co-recipient of a United Nations Sustainable Education award, as well as a University of Regina Service Award. 

Akina Kuperus, Bachelor of Science Honours in Mathematics with High Honours, is the recipient of the Governor General's Academic Silver Medal. This medal is awarded to the undergraduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a bachelor’s degree program. 

Kuperus has received numerous awards in recognition of her academic achievements, including: Academic Gold Scholarship (2018, 2019 & 2020), Centennial Merit Scholarship, James B. Carefoot Memorial Scholarship, and Joan & Norman Beirnes Scholarship. She was also named to the Science Dean’s Honours List for the 2018 winter and fall terms, and the 2019 winter term. She is also the recipient of the University Prize in Science which is awarded to the most distinguished student graduating with a first degree from the Faculty of Science. 

Cole Zachary Woytiuk, Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the recipient of the President's Medal for Spring 2021. The President’s Medal is awarded at each Spring and Fall Convocation to a student receiving a first degree who has shown academic excellence as well as major leadership and commitment to extra-curricular activities. Wotiuk is graduating from the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science (SCBScN) program and in the practice education setting, provided compassionate, highly-skilled, technical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Woytiuk is a leader, advocates for the vulnerable, and has the true spirit of volunteerism. He held the positions of Indigenous Student Representative, Student Affairs Officer, and Vice President with the University of Regina Nursing Students’ Society (URNSS). He held the Director of Indigenous Health Advocacy position and is the current Vice President of the national Canadian Nursing Students’ Association. Woytiuk is also awarded the Faculty of Nursing and School of Nursing Dean's Medal. 

Nolan Grad, Faculty of Arts student, received the University Medal, which is awarded at the Spring Convocation to the most distinguished student based on academic achievement during the previous 12 months. Grad is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree through Campion College, with a major in Linguistics. He has recently completed the Certificat en français langue seconde program through La Cité. 

Other graduates being recognized for their achievements include: 

Adrian Muscat, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Practice

Alyssa L. Stearns, SE Stewart Prize in Arts

Alyssa Victoria Roslinski, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies Dean’s Medal

Annaliese Margaret Beck-McKenzie, Faculty of Science Dean’s Medal

Avery Cornelis Cameron, Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Gold Medals (Engineering)

Bryce Austin MacEwen, University Prize in Social Work

Christina Mary McCusker, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Medal

Hanna Gayl Hudson-Plante, W.A. Riddell Award in Media, Art, and Performance

Hân Ngoc Pham, Bachelor of Education After Degree Convocation Prize

Jordan Steven Tholl, Faculty of Business Administration Dean's Medal

Julia Elizabeth Verhelst, University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies

Kaitlyn Heather Seath, Faculty of Arts Dean's Medal

Lauren Sauser, Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation Award

Sabine Wecker, Faculty of Media, Art and Performance Dean's Medal 

In accordance with the Province’s pandemic protocols currently in place this year’s graduation is again being celebrated virtually. As per the last two virtual convocation ceremonies, graduates will receive a special commemorative program with their parchment; video recognition has been posted on the University website, and will be broadcast on Access Communications, and; a virtual yearbook has been created to allow Spring 2021 graduates to share their memories from their time at the University and to stay connected with their colleagues.

 

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