From examinations to convocation at the U of S

The University of Saskatchewan is closing the book on another busy spring exam session and turning the page to the next chapter in the university calendar, with the upcoming convocation ceremonies.

With the exception of a handful of courses, this semester's main exam period wrapped up late last week for most students, with some staggering numbers: 21,912 students (many writing more than one final) collectively sat down 51,069 times to write 1,106 final examinations in 112 rooms.

Organizing the exam schedule is a massive undertaking requiring months of preparation that began way back in August before classes even started.

"Booking more than 1,000 exams over a 16-day period is not humanly possible," said University Registrar Russell Isinger. "It takes two people and a software program many hours to set an exam schedule where no student is double-booked or writes more than two exams in a 24-hour period."

This year's two largest exams were both in first-year courses: Basic Nutrition 120, where 597 students wrote the final; and Chemistry 112 with 576 students.

With the examination period coming to a close, graduating students will now turn their attention to Spring Convocation, scheduled for June 1-4 at Saskatoon's TCU Place.

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For more information, contact:
James Shewaga
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
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