Honorary degree recipients and graduates to be celebrated at annual fall Convocation

News Release Release Date: October 16, 2015 2:00 p.m.

The University of Regina’s 42nd annual fall Convocation will celebrate the outstanding achievements of 734 graduates and two honorary degree recipients.

The University will present its highest tribute –honorary degrees – to Ms. Lyn Goldman and to Mr. Jack MacKenzie who are 199th and 200th recipients of a University of Regina honorary degree. Goldman will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her lifelong involvement with local, provincial and national professional and cultural organizations. Goldman has received many awards including the Golden Jubilee Award, YWCA Woman of the Year Award, and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.  Goldman’s mother Dorothy was also the recipient of an honorary degree in 1991. MacKenzie has had a distinguished career in physical and outdoor education as a teacher, administrator, innovator and volunteer. He adds Honorary Doctorate of Laws to several other distinctions including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. In the fall of 2000, the Jack MacKenzie Elementary School opened its doors in east Regina.

During the ceremony, 14 students will be presented with awards for academic excellence and commitment to community service. Among those being recognized is Ms. Sara Illerbrun, a graduate of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies. She is the recipient of the President’s Medal, awarded to the undergraduate student receiving a first degree who best exemplifies academic achievement and leadership. Illerbrun graduates with a major in Human Kinetics and finishes her degree with a cumulative average of 94.02 per cent. She is also the recipient of the Fall Convocation University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies Dean's Medal.

Student award winners who will also be recognized at the 2015 fall convocation include:

Kelly R. Zimmerman - Dr. Sheila Dresen Prize in Nursing  
Hamad Salim Almarri - Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Medal
Marika Margaret Yeo - Faculty of Fine Arts Dean's Medal   
Bevera Dulci Allan
- Faculty of Nursing Dean's Medal
Steven Brock West
- Faculty of Science Dean's Medal
Jennifer Ann Foote
- Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Practice
Dillon Ryan Lewchuk
- Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation Prize
Erin Jane Donnelly
- University Prize in Arts
Stacey James Edward Upson
- University Prize in Business Administration
Hamad Salim Almarri
- University Prize in Engineering
Marika Margaret Yeo
- University Prize in Fine Arts
Courtney Helene Mish
- University Prize in Science
Cara Lee Custead
- University Prize in Social Work  

Previous recipients of University of Regina honorary degrees include former Saskatchewan premiers Tommy Douglas (1978), Allan Blakeney (1993) and Roy Romanow (2005); former Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governors Sylvia Fedoruk (1991) and Lynda Haverstock (2006); Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard (1989); hockey great Gordie Howe (1997); Saskatchewan philanthropist and patron of the arts Jacqui Shumiatcher (2002); The Princess Royal, Princess Anne (2004); Regina entrepreneur Frederick Hill (2005); Regina Symphony Orchestra conductor Victor Sawa (2006); internationally renowned speed skater Catriona Le May Doan (2007); paralympic athlete Lisa Marie Franks (2009); past president of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Tom Shepherd (2010); researcher and reformer of higher education Keli Liu (2011); musician k.d. lang (2013), and Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Malcolm Lowe (2014).


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