954 University of Saskatchewan students graduate this fall

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) invites members of the media to attend Fall Convocation.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Two ceremonies – 9 am and 2 pm
TCU Place
35 22nd Street East

This weekend, 954 students are expected to graduate with 964 degrees from the U of S, bringing the total number of students who graduated from the U of S in 2018 to 4,412. Graduates join a century-old community of more than 152,000 alumni in over 120 countries whose contributions are helping to shape our world. All ceremonies will be streamed live.

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  • Accomplished Chief and entrepreneur Harry Cook, and expert innovator and entrepreneur, Brad Wildeman, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.
  • Jacqueline Ottmann, vice-provost of Indigenous engagement, will present Cook with a blanket during the convocation ceremony. 
  • This is the last ceremony the U of S will hold at TCU Place. Beginning next year, U of S convocation will be coming home to campus at Merlis Belsher Place.
  • This year marks the 50th year the U of S has held convocation ceremonies at TCU Place. 
  • Just six weeks after the doors opened on April 1, 1968, Saskatoon’s new centennial auditorium hosted the 57th annual U of S spring convocation.
  • 126 self-declared Indigenous students are expected to graduate at Fall Convocation. 
  • At the U of S, we have one of the highest populations of Indigenous students among Canadian post-secondary institutions. In the 2017/18 academic year, 3,119 Indigenous students were U of S students.
  • At convocation we display the Treaty 6 flag, Métis flag and sing an honour song. 100 years ago, the U of S gave out the first undergraduate accounting degree, making it one of Canada’s oldest business schools.100 years ago, the First World War ended. The Great War, which raged across the globe between 1914 and 1918, exacted a heavy toll on the university. 
  • Of the 345 students, faculty and staff who enlisted, 69 died, more than 100 were wounded and 33 were awarded medals. More information about can be found here.

To media who plan to attend convocation

  • Before arriving, please contact Meghan Sired (contact information below).
  • 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.


Detailed information on next page…Convocation schedule

For the morning ceremonies, the academic procession begins at 9 am, speeches at 9:15 am and graduates start walking across the stage at 10 am. For the afternoon ceremony, the academic procession begins at 2 pm, speeches at 2:15 pm and graduates start walking across the stage at 3 pm. For the full convocation schedule, see: https://students.usask.ca/events/fall-convocation.php

CEREMONY ONE: Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 am

Graduating: University Language Centre, Arts and Science, Edwards School of Business, School of Environment and Sustainability, and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

Honorary Doctor of Laws:Harry Cook, accomplished Chief and entrepreneur

Awards to faculty and staff:

  • Kathryn Labelle, New Researcher Award
  • Jeffrey McDonnell, Distinguished Researcher Award
  • Raj Srinivasan, J.W. George Ivany Award
  • Alexis Dahl, University Staff Excellence Award

Awards to most distinguished graduates:

  • Hugh David Park, Goodspeed Award
  • Lynette Rae Jacobson, University Medal in Social Sciences
  • Tanner Lach Dusyk, University Medal in the Sciences
  • Matthew John Albert Praksas, University Medal in the Fine Arts
  • Jasmin Carla Ogren, University Medal in Arts and Science
  • Amani Khelifa, Rose Litman Medal in the Humanities
  • Amani Khelifa, Dean’s Medal
  • Max Chong Liu, Three-year Medal
  • Max Chong Liu, President’s Medal

CEREMONY TWO: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 pm 

Graduating:Agriculture and Bioresources, Education, Engineering, Kinesiology, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine.

Honorary Doctor of Laws: Brad Wildeman, expert innovator and entrepreneur

Awards to faculty and staff:

  • Anthony (Tony) Kusalik, Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award

Awards to most distinguished graduates:

  • Verna Berniece Eaton, Distinguished Graduate from the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Alexandra Rae Clarke, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Award 
  • Trevor Dean Gerard Iron, J. Victoria Miners Book Prize
  • Rebecca Lascue, Sadownick Family Award for Most Distinguished MPT Graduate


For more information, contact:

Meghan Sired
Communications Co-ordinator
University of Saskatchewan
306-966-6068 (office)
306-381-7992 (cell)
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