More than 970 University of Saskatchewan students graduate this fall

The University of Saskatchewan invites media to fall convocation.

Oct. 25, 2014

TCU Place, 35 22nd Street East, Saskatoon

About 970 students are graduating this fall from the University of Saskatchewan. These graduates join a community of more than 144,000 graduates who, year after year, continue to build on the success of those before them. U of S alumni include a Canadian prime minister, a Nobel Prize winner, award-winning authors and artists, groundbreaking researchers, successful business executives and accomplished athletes.

All ceremonies will be streamed live on

Students of interest

Master's of Veterinary Science graduate Glenda McGregor is trying to figure out why white-nose syndrome is threatening to wipe out little brown bats in North America. She can be reached at 306-966-2439 or

Colin Lewry put his life as a husband and father of four, including a new born, on hold in order to return to school and pursue his Master's of Physical Therapy degree at the age of 40. He can be reached at 306-527-1896.

Honorary degrees and awards will be presented to:

Honorary Doctor of Laws — Chief Darcy Bear

Honorary Doctor of Science — Dr. Carl Zylak

Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award — Julita Vassileva

Master Teacher Award — Richard J. Long

Award for Distinction in Community-Engaged Teaching and Scholarship — Nancy Van Styvendale

Award for Distinction in Outreach and Public Service — Graham Strickert

J.W. George Ivany Award — Kalowatie Deonandan

President's Service Award — Michele Derksen

New Researcher Award — John Howland

To media who plan to attend convocation: If you would like to interview any of the honorary degrees and award winners please contact Jean Goldie to arrange at: pre-convocation requests 306-966-6613 or day of requests 306-280-1824.

Photographers may take photos from anywhere—except on the stage once the ceremonies begin.

Reserved space for media is located on the second floor to the left of the stage (all other seats are reserved for the graduating students and their guests).

The route graduates use as they proceed to the stage must be kept clear.

Detailed convocation schedule: For morning ceremonies, the academic procession begins at 8:45 am, speeches at 9 am and graduates start walking across the stage at 10 am. For afternoon ceremonies, the academic procession begins at 1:45 pm, speeches at 2 pm and graduates start walking across the stage at 3 pm.

October 25, 2014

9 am ceremony

Graduating: Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, College of Arts and Science, Edwards School of Business, School of Environment and Sustainability and School of Public Policy.

Honorary Doctor of Laws degree: Chief Darcy Bear has dedicated half his life to the betterment of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation through his leadership. He has been the impetus behind the extensive economic development within the community that has seen unemployment fall from 70 per cent to 4.1 per cent, and The Whitecap Dakota business-friendly model has become a national example of positive community development.

Award for Distinction in Community Engaged Teaching and Scholarship: Nancy Van Styvendale provides her students with educational opportunities that they normally wouldn't have access. In lieu of a final exam, her students work on community-based projects that have included family literacy workshops, nutrition classes, AIDS awareness strategies and addressing local housing disparities. She is also instrumental in the STR8T UP program, a gang prevention initiative, and has used her expertise in this area to compile an award-winning book titles Str8Up and Gangs: The Untold Stories.

2 pm ceremony

Graduating: Colleges of Agriculture and Bioresources, Education, Engineering, Kinesiology, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition, School of Physical Therapy, School of Public Health and Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Honorary Doctor of Science degree: Dr. Carl Zylak is a well-respected doctor in the field of radiology. His accomplishments include being a founding director of the Ontario Breast Screening Program, receiving the Canadian Association of Radiologists highest honour and serving as a visiting professor at over 30 national and international institutions. Zylak was born in Saskatchewan and received his BA and MD degrees from the U of S.

For details about all the award winner, please visit:


For more information, contact:

Meghan Sired

Communications Co-ordinator

University of Saskatchewan

306-966-6068 (work)

306-381-7992 (cell)
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