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Trent University Prepares to Celebrate 37th Convocation: May 27 & 28
For the first time, Trent hosts three convocation ceremonies and confers degrees upon education and nursing graduates
Tuesday, May 25, 2004, Peterborough
Among the 1,285 Trent University undergraduate and graduate students who will receive their degrees at convocation ceremonies May 27 and 28, are the first graduates from the School of Education and Professional Learning and the Trent-Fleming Nursing Program. The graduates from these programs and increases in enrolment prompted the addition of a third convocation ceremony for the first time this year.
Ceremonies will take place on May 27 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for all undergraduate arts and science degrees and diplomas, divided by college groups; and on Friday, May 28 at 10 a.m. for graduate students, business, education and nursing students. The ceremonies are to be held on the podium of the Bata Library at the Symons Campus.
The University is a flurry of activity this week as graduates, staff and faculty members prepare for Trent’s 37th spring convocation. Degrees will be conferred upon 1,251 undergraduate and 34 graduate students, six undergraduate students will receive diplomas and six distinguished Canadians will receive honorary degrees.
Dr. Roberta Bondar, Trent University’s ninth chancellor, will preside over her second convocation; she was installed as chancellor at last year’s convocation ceremonies.
On May 27 at 10 a.m., Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees will be conferred upon graduates from the following colleges: Catharine Parr Traill, Peter Robinson, Peter Gzowski and Julian Blackburn. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon Donald LePan, founder and president of Broadview Press and The Honorable Madam Justice Rosalie Abella. Dr. Abella will address convocation. Also at this ceremony, Professor Eric Helleiner, International Development Studies, will be presented for the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching. Both Bagnani Medals, one of four Symons Medals and the Governor General’s Silver Medal will be awarded to graduates at this ceremony.
On May 27 at 3 p.m.,Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees will be conferred upon graduates from the following colleges: Champlain, Lady Eaton and Otonabee. Diplomas in Canadian Studies, Indigenous Environmental Studies, and Native Studies will be presented. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon Jean Murray Cole, historian, and Alistair MacLeod, author. Dr. MacLeod will address convocation. Also at this ceremony, Carol Murray, senior admissions officer, will be presented for the Eminent Service Award. Two of four Symons Medals will be awarded to graduates at this ceremony.
On May 28 at 10 a.m., Doctoral Degrees, Master’s Degrees, Bachelor of Education Degrees, Bachelor of Business Administration Degrees and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degrees will be conferred upon graduates. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon P.K. Page, poet and artist, and Terence Dickinson, science writer and astronomer. Dr. Dickinson will address convocation. Also at this ceremony Professor Emeritus John Earnshaw, Physics, will be presented for the Eminent Service Award and Professor Peter Dillon, Chemistry and Environmental and Resource Studies, for the Distinguished Research Award. The candidates for Professor Emeritus will be presented by Vice-President (Academic) Susan Clark. One of four Symons Medals and the Governor General’s Gold Medal will be awarded to graduates at this ceremony.
Trent University will grant 32 master’s degrees - 14 in the arts and 18 in the sciences - and two PhDs. It will confer honours bachelor degrees on 461 arts and 244 science graduands, and general bachelor degrees on 262 arts and 78 science students. One hundred and thirteen students will receive Bachelor of Education Degrees, 47 students will receive Bachelor of Business Administration Degrees and 46 students will receive Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degrees.
All undergraduate students graduating with a cumulative average of A- (80%) or better are named to the President's Honour Roll. Students who achieve an average of A- (80%) in their most recent session and who have a cumulative average of B (75%) or better, have their names placed on the Dean's Honour Roll. Two hundred and thirty-two students will be listed on the President's Honour Roll, and 338 names will appear on the Dean's Honour Roll.
For more information, please contact:
Susan Salusbury, Registrar, Trent University (705) 748-1011 ext. 1677
Allan Barnfield, Assistant Registrar, Trent University (705) 748-1011 ext. 1679
Media are welcome and encouraged to attend convocation ceremonies.
Please contact Alicia Doris, 748-1011, ext. 1456, to register with security to allow for access to the Bata - Champlain walkway for photographs.