Thursday at U of S Spring Convocation


SASKATOON - The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) invites members of the media to cover tomorrow's final day of Spring Convocation ceremonies:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

TCU Place

35 22nd Street East


Thursday, June 2—9 am ceremony

Graduating: Kinesiology, Medicine, Pharmacy and Nutrition, School of Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine.

 Honorary Doctor of Laws: Mike Babcock

He is one of the most decorated coaches in hockey history—the only coach to win a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a world championship—but Mike Babcock has never forgotten his roots. The former Huskies hockey player from Saskatoon will add another accolade to his lengthy list of commendations and distinctions, as the U of S pays tribute to Babcock by awarding him an Honorary Doctor of Laws for outstanding achievement and exceptional service to the community.
(Babcock will deliver his speech shortly after 9 am and will be available for media interviews backstage at TCU Place following the completion of the morning ceremony, around 11:45 am.)

Distinguished Researcher Award: John Giesy

U of S professor John Giesy has devoted his life to researching some of the most ubiquitous and dangerous chemicals found in the environment and has, over the course of his career, greatly improved the health of our planet and the people and wildlife who inhabit it. He is one of the world's most prominent environmental toxicologists and is the most cited author in the world in the combined fields of ecology and environmental science.

Thursday, June 2—2 pm ceremony

Graduating: Dentistry, Nursing.

 Honorary Doctor of Laws: Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock carried the cause of First Nations children's rights all the way to the Federal Court of Appeal in a decade-long legal campaign that culminated in a landmark decision by the Canadian Human Rights tribunal. Her battle forced the federal government to provide equal funding for child and family services in First Nations communities across the country and will be recognized by the U of S as a champion of children's rights when she is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
(Blackstock will be available for interviews following the afternoon convocation ceremony.)

Student story of interest: Mandi Genaille

A member of Cote First Nation, Mandi Genaille is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is the only member of her family to ever earn a university degree and completed her courses while raising her second daughter (born in 2015). She also worked hard to complete high school as a teen mother, having her first daughter when she was 16.
(Genaille will be available for interviews Thursday following the afternoon convocation ceremony.)

To 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, contact:
Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan

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