U of S Graduation Powwow to attract thousands

SASKATOON- The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Graduation Powwow, in partnership with Affinity Credit Union, celebrates the academic achievements of graduating First Nations, Métis and Inuit students from the U of S and from high schools across the province.

University of Saskatchewan Graduation Powwow

Wednesday, May 25
The Bowl

(or in the Physical Activity Complex (PAC) if it rains)

University of Saskatchewan


Powwow attendees have the opportunity to celebrate and honour Aboriginal graduates from Saskatchewan, listen to traditional First Nations drumming and singing, watch a variety of traditional First Nations dance styles and dress, and participate in educational children's activities held in tipis and a Métis Red River cart.

Powwow schedule:

9:30 am: High school graduates line up for grand entry
9:45 am: Drum roll call
10 am: Grand entry and honouring of high school graduates (streamed live online)
10:30 am-12:30 pm: Children's area open
11 am:
 Youth dance and drum competition
12:30 pm: U of S graduates line up for honouring
1 pm: Honouring of U of S graduates (streamed live online)
1-3 pm: Children's area open
2-4 pm: Adult dance and drum competition

For more information, and to watch the powwow live online, visit usask.ca/aboriginal.

Powwow highlights:

    • Approximately 425 Aboriginal U of S students applied to graduate this June.

    • 118 Aboriginal U of S students graduated in the 2015 fall convocation in October.

    • 110 of those Aboriginal students have registered to participate in this year's Graduation Powwow and will be honored during a special ceremony at 1 pm.

    • Almost 380 Grade 12 Aboriginal graduates from 25 schools in Saskatchewan have registered to be honored at the powwow.

    • More than 1,300 children from 39 schools across the province have registered to attend the powwow.

Hundreds of dancers, drummers and singers of all ages from across North America are expected to take part in competitions throughout the day. There is roughly $25,000 in competition prize money for all age groups and categories.


For more information, contact:

Meghan Sired

Communications Co-ordinator

306-966-6068 (office)

306-381-7992 (cell)



Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
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