Wednesday at U of S spring convocation

The University of Saskatchewan invites members of the media to attend the June 3 spring convocation ceremony.

June 3
9 am and 2 pm
TCU Place, 35 22 Street East, Saskatoon

9 am Ceremony:

Graduating: Edwards School of Business and College of Law.

Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree:Â W. Brett Wilson

Many Canadians recognize Mr. W. Brett Wilson as a force in the business world, a philanthropist and a popular television personality, but fewer realize that his professional journey began with a degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Proof that it is possible to succeed in business without sacrificing principles, Mr. Wilson has been featured on CBC Television's Dragon's Den and has built a community that upholds the value of corporate social responsibility.

Story of interest:

Garrett Bly, Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing, Calgary AB

Using the knowledge he gained while studying marketing at the Edwards School of Business, Garrett Bly was heavily involved in the implementation of Federated Co-op's Fuel Up To Win promotion while participating in the school's work placement program. The experience landed Bly a job this spring with Federated Co-op, joining a long list of graduates who used their placement as a springboard to employment.

2 pm Ceremony:

Graduating: Education

Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree: Â Sara Williams

Few can boast as many accomplishments in the fields of agriculture and horticulture as Sara Williams. Though born in Washington, Ms. Williams spent much of her professional life in Saskatchewan. After earning two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, she authored and co-authored numerous books, many of which feature our own provincial flora. Ms. Williams retired from the U of S in 2001.

Master Teacher Award: Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson is a tireless leader on campus whose classes are the first to fill up come registration time. Wilson, the head of curriculum studies in the College of Education, regularly invents fresh ways to do things and is fearless in carrying them out whether it's moving a class outdoors or appearing in at tuxedo for the premiere of his students' video projects.

Stories of interest:

Joel Hall, PhD, Educational Administration, Saskatoon

When Joel Hall returned to university to earn his BEd in 2009, he was also dealing with obtaining an appropriate education for his 10-year-old son, who is academically gifted. During a few of Hall's classes he thought, "this is what my son should be taking - he could do this." In the fall of 2012, three weeks after his 13th birthday, his son began taking two university courses (English and economics). He is now 16 and will complete a degree in sociology next year. Because of challenges with finding appropriate education for his son, Hall took every chance he had to research and/or write about gifted education during his own education. Hall has now earned a BA in economics, BEd, MEd and PhD in Educational Administration at the U of S. He continually looks for ways to enhance the educational experiences of children who are academically gifted.

Yolanda Palmer, PhD, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, Jamaica

Yolanda Palmer is a Jamaican scholar who joined the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies as an international doctoral student in 2012. She successfully defended her thesis Triple Learning: The Journey from Student to Scholar, which originated from her investigation into the lived experiences of international graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan.

To members of the media who plan to attend convocation:

  • 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.


For more information, please contact:
James Shewaga
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
W: 306-966-1851 C: 306-270-5583

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