A unique celebration for the University of Regina’s Spring 2020 graduates

News Release Release Date: June 25, 2020 12:50 p.m.

Normally, twice a year, University of Regina Convocation ceremonies recognize and celebrate the achievements of graduating students. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the University was not able to hold Convocation in person, but instead worked with partners to create innovative and meaningful ways to celebrate approximately 2,500 graduates and welcome them into our now 78,000-strong family of alumni.

On June 25, at 1:00 p.m., video recognition of the Class of Spring 2020 graduates will be broadcast on Access Communications Channel 7 and posted on the University’s website at: https://www.uregina.ca/student/registrar/graduation-convocation/convocation/index.html.

In addition, together with their parchment each graduate will receive in the mail a special commemorative program. Virtual #UofReginaGrads2020 swag is available on our website to download, providing unique ways for our graduates, their family members, and friends to create their own special memories. In addition, a virtual yearbook has been launched so that Spring 2020 graduates can share their University of Regina memories and stay connected with their colleagues.

“We are all disappointed that for the first time in the University’s history, we are unable to hold in-person Convocation ceremonies,” said Dr Thomas Chase, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. “However, this in no way diminishes the pride the University community and the family members of our Spring 2020 graduates take in celebrating their accomplishments. We look forward to seeing their continued success as they begin new chapters in their lives and careers.”

Among this year’s outstanding student award recipients are:

Tara Nicole Racette White (Nicole) received the University of Regina President’s Medal. This award is normally presented at each Spring and Fall Convocation to a student receiving a first degree who has shown academic excellence as well as strong leadership and commitment to extracurricular activities while a student. With a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of more than 85%, Nicole is graduating with a Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work, and is also the recipient of the Faculty of Social Work Dean’s Medal.

Dr. Michelle Teale Sapach is this year’s Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal recipient. This award recognizes the outstanding academic performance of a graduate student based on the quality of the thesis or exhibition, external examiner’s report, quality of the defense, course work, CGPA, publications and presentations deriving directly from the research done for the thesis or exhibition, and on awards received. Dr. Sapach is graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with a CGPA of over 90%.

Joseph Ashworth, Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science with Great Distinction, is the recipient of the Governor-General’s Academic Silver Medal. This medal is awarded to the most distinguished graduating student receiving a first degree and is based on academic excellence. Ashworth graduated at the Fall 2019 Convocation with an undergraduate grade point average of over 95%.

Nigel Olesen received the University Medal, which is normally awarded at the Spring Convocation to the most distinguished student based on academic achievement during the previous 12 months. Oleson, a Luther College student, has completed 72 credit hours of a Bachelor of Science Honours degree majoring in Economics, and achieved a sessional grade point average of more than 95% in the previous academic year.

Visit: https://www.uregina.ca/student/registrar/graduation-convocation/convocation/index.html for more information on the University’s Spring 2020 graduation.

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 16,500 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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