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Spring 2007 Convocation

Volume 24 Number 18

Honouring our Graduates:
UWinnipeg's Spring Convocation

By Naniece Ibrahim

Graduation is a time of celebration and on Sunday, June 3, 2007, The University of Winnipeg's 83rd convocation was exactly that. The Duckworth Centre was filled to the rafters with friends, family and distinguished guests honouring the graduates for their hard work and perseverance. One thousand and three students graced the stage as Chancellor H. Sanford Riley and President & Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy presented the new grads with their University of Winnipeg degrees in the morning and afternoon ceremonies.  They join a family of 40,000 UWinnipeg alumni from around the world.

Morning convocation graduands received degrees in Science and Education while afternoon graduates earned degrees in Theology and Arts alongside a prestigious array of honorary degree and award recipients. As President & Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy shared with the graduating class, "There are as many ways of giving to the world as there are people to give. As a university, it is our job to help students develop the vision, passion, and skills with which to offer their best to the world." This theme was reflected in the nature and diversity of accomplishments of those that were honoured and awarded at the convocation.

Joyce Milgaard, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws recipient, addressed the graduands at the morning ceremony. Her tireless commitment in obtaining justice for the wrongly convicted resonated in her address. Her life’s work demonstrates how one person with the power of love, and her convictions, can change and improve the lives of many.

The afternoon ceremony included an address from James Eldridge. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for his distinguished service as a public servant whose career spans 37 years and includes serving under six premiers. His address touched on good citizenship and encouraging graduates to consider public service.

President & Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy said in his address to graduands, "It is with this that I can think of no better time to remind all of us of our University's motto: Lux et Veritas Floreant - let light and truth flourish. As we celebrate all of our students and their families and friends, our distinguished faculty and guests, and our highly valued staff, I hope that we will all move forward with the goal of working to spread light and truth in all that we undertake. Today, let us shine light on the people we have the honour of celebrating so that we may be inspired to redouble our efforts at shining light on a world in need."

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