Wednesday at U of S Spring Convocation

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) invites media to cover today’s spring convocation ceremonies at TCU Place:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

TCU Place, 35 22nd Street East, Saskatoon


Graduating: Edwards School of Business, Law.

Honorary Doctor of Laws: Bob Xu
(Media interview availability upon request)

Since graduating from the U of S with a master’s degree in music in 1992, Bob Xu has become a mentor for Chinese students studying abroad, and one of the world’s leading venture capitalists. He has also become a dedicated philanthropist and a proud proponent of the U of S, with Xu and wife Ling Chen donating $3-million in support of the university’s music program. The founder of ZhenFund, Xu’s investment strategies earned him a spot on Forbes Magazine’s Midas List of the world’s top 100 venture capitalists.

Note: Xu will be joined by graduating U of S students from China for a photo following the ceremony.

Student story of interest: Bailey Delainey

Originally from the town of Edam, Sask., Bailey Delainey is graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in accounting, at spring convocation. Delainey, who is Métis, received numerous scholarships and awards during her time on campus, including an Aboriginal Leadership Award for tutoring students in the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy (KA) program. She has now started her master’s program at U of S while also working for the accounting firm EY.


Graduating: Education.

Honorary Doctor of Laws: Earl Cook
(Media interview availability upon request)

Earl Cook has spent a lifetime committed to creating educational opportunities for Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. Cook’s passion for education began 40 years ago at the U of S where he earned a Bachelor of Education (1980) and postgraduate diploma. Originally from Cumberland House, Cook went on to serve as an instructor and administrator in northern education and training programs and is considered a leading expert in Aboriginal culture and languages.


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 at all times



For more information, contact:

Murray Lyons
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan


Kathy Munroe
Communications Officer
Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning
University of Saskatchewan
Office: 306-966-1255 Cell: 306-370-6305

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