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Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on Jun 11
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Spring 2021 Convocation & Honorary Degree Recipients

Today at the University’s 47th Spring Convocation we will celebrate the accomplishments of more than 2,500 students who are receiving their degrees, certificates, and diplomas. We are so proud of our students and all they have accomplished, particularly reaching this tremendous milestone in the midst of a global pandemic.

The University will also recognize several of our graduates for their outstanding academic achievement, volunteerism, and community building. Three very distinguished people will also receive honorary degrees -- Carol LaFayette-Boyd CSW’77, Roberta Jamieson, and Dr Eric Grimson BSc’75 (High Hons).

The webcast of the convocation ceremony and the student and honorary degree recognition will be available here at 1:00 p.m. today. I hope that you will join us in celebrating our inspiring Spring 2021 graduates, award winners, and honorary degree recipients.

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month. While formal celebrations have been cancelled due to the pandemic, we honour the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is a time for learning about, appreciating, and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people have made in shaping Canada.

The University of Regina is located on Treaty 4 lands, the territories of the nêhiyawak (nay-hi-yuh-wuk, Cree), Anihšināpēk (uh-nish-i-naa-payk, Saulteaux), Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. Today, these lands continue to be the shared territory of many diverse peoples. Recognizing this is an important part of our culture and our values as members of the community.

Celebrating Pride on Campus

In recognition of Pride Month, the Archer Library Book Club will be discussing Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family by Amanda Jetté Knox. The author will join the discussion, which takes place Wednesday, June 23rd at noon. All are welcome to attend. To register for this event, please email or fill out the registration form here. For more information on the book, please visit our book club page.

Also in celebration of Pride Month, U of R zoom backgrounds to celebrate pride are available for download here until 30 June.

“Plus ça change, plus ce n’est pas la même chose,” part 3

Susan McGillivray in Information Services recalls participating as a '70s student in Keg-A-Rama, a fundraiser held annually by Business Administration students (and one which after nearly 50 years is the longest-running university charity event in Canada). Her Computer Science team pushed a keg around the perimeter of campus in frigid February weather, and then retired to the “old” Owl, which she recalls as a “dark, musty building between the Education Building and the Library.”



Thomas Chase

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor