University of Regina celebrates a record number of graduates at Fall 2021 Convocation

News Release Release Date: October 22, 2021 4:00 p.m.

Today, the University of Regina’s Fall 2021 Convocation celebrated the accomplishments of 998 graduates who received 1,037 degrees, diplomas, and certificates – both record numbers at a Fall U of R Convocation. The graduates join the U of R’s alumni community that now numbers more than 80,000 strong and extends around the globe. 

For the first time in two years, the Convocation ceremony was able to be safely held in person, although the event was limited to graduates and a small platform party only (with COVID-19 safety protocols in place including proof of vaccination). Graduating students who were unable to participate in person were able to attend the event virtually via livestream. Friends, family, faculty, staff, and current students were also able to watch and cheer on all the graduates. 

“These graduates represent the very best of our University and province, and it was a tremendous privilege for me to congratulate each of them as they crossed the Convocation stage,” said Dr. Jeff Keshen, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. “As students, they demonstrated remarkable dedication to their studies, particularly in challenging circumstances over the past year and a half.” 

Dr. Keshen was officially installed as the University’s eighth President and Vice-Chancellor at the ceremony. 

“Although it is marked by a considerable amount of ceremony, the installation of a university president is more than just a symbolic act,” said Dr. Keshen. “For me, it provided an opportunity to communicate to our graduates my belief in the power of education, and in particular, the power of a University of Regina education.” 

Two graduates were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and their contributions to the University and broader community: 

Dr. Amy Richter, Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Systems Engineering, was awarded the University of Regina President’s Distinguished Graduate Student Award. Dr. Richter graduated with a grade point average of 95.50%. During her studies she received over 35 graduate awards for her academic excellence, valued at over $170,000. Her research is in the field of Canadian waste management and she has over 50 publications, including 28 journal papers, 16 conference papers, and 9 magazine articles. 

Celina Earl, Bachelor of Kinesiology Honours, Human Kinetics with High Honours, was awarded both the University of Regina President’s Medal and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies Dean’s Medal. Celina graduated with a grade point average of 88.56%. She has been described as inclusive, innovative, determined, thoughtful, and meticulous in regards to her work as a volunteer, student, and researcher. 

Graduates recognized for their achievements within their respective Faculties include:  

Véronique Mireault, Faculty of Arts Dean’s Medal and University Prize in Arts 

Emma Ulmer, Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Medal 

Dawson Williams-Nadler, University Prize in Business Administration 

Thor Stewart, Bachelor of Education After Degree (BEAD) Convocation Prize 

Bushra Kainat, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Award 

Mebin Babu, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Medal and University Prize

in Engineering and Applied Science 

Brittney Davis, University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies 

Emma Eaton, Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance Dean’s Medal 

Alanna Van De Sype, Faculty of Nursing and School of Nursing Dean’s Medal and Saskatchewan

Registered Nurses’ Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Practice 

Mandeep Singh Dhillon, Faculty of Science Dean’s Medal 

Shuyao Jin, University Prize in Science 

Kyla Kerr, University Prize in Social Work 

A recording of the Fall 2021 Convocation ceremony is available at UofR Fall 2021 Convocation. The event will be rebroadcast on Access Broadcasting on November 5 at 1 p.m. and November 19 at 3 p.m., and is available on AccessNowTV.ca at any time.

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 16,000 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.

 

- 30 -