Largest ever Fall Convocation at University of Regina

News Release Release Date: October 17, 2017 3:30 p.m.

The University of Regina’s 44th annual Fall Convocation on Friday, October 20, at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina will be the largest ever Fall Convocation, with 758 students receiving a total of 776 degrees, diplomas, or certificates.  

During the ceremony, 12 students will be presented with awards for academic excellence and commitment to community service.

The President's Medal will be awarded to Cyrena Cherise Lockert, an undergraduate student receiving her degree through the Faculty of Administration's Paul J. Hill School of Business. She is being recognized for academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement. Lockert will also be presented with the Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Medal.

The President's Distinguished Graduate Student Award is given to the most outstanding Master’s or doctoral student, and this Fall’s recipient is Sylvia Rose Smith, a retired teacher, who received a Governor General's Award in 2011 for developing Project of Heart, an interactive teaching tool used to tell the story of the troubled history of Canada's residential schools.

Faculty prizes are presented at each Convocation to the top graduating student in each undergraduate faculty.  

•    Bachelor of Education After Degree Convocation Prize – Adam Maurice Laforet

•    Faculty of Arts Dean's Medal – Olivia Grace Krinke

•    Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Medal and University Prize in Engineering – Aaron Kenneth Husband

•    Faculty of Kinesiology Dean's Medal – Brooke Mikala Pachal

•    Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association Gold Medal For Excellence in Clinical Practice and Faculty of Nursing Dean's Medal – Shalla Vera Sharma

•    University Prize in Arts – Carina Muriel Florenti Sterzer

•    University Prize in Business Administration –Troy Jackson Holfeld

•    University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies – Brooke Mikala Pachal

•    University Prize in Science – Obadah Diar Bakerli

•    University Prize in Social Work – Julie May Marie Henrikson

“Convocation is always something I look forward to because it is an occasion to celebrate our students’ achievements, and to recognize the dedication, sacrifice, and hard work that have brought them to this important point in their lives. It’s a joy to see our graduates join with their proud family members and friends to celebrate their success,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.

Also at Convocation, an honorary degree will be awarded to Murad Al-Katib. The son of Turkish immigrants, Murad – an entrepreneur, business leader, and humanitarian – founded the Regina-based AGT Foods and Ingredients Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of food ingredients. Al-Katib also chairs the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business Advisory Board to the Dean. He becomes the 208th honorary degree recipient in University of Regina’s history.

The ceremony can be seen online at


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