Autumn Convocation 2003















Graduation is a time for celebrating the outstanding achievements of University of Winnipeg students. Chancellor H. Sanford Riley, Acting President & Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane, the Board of Regents, and members of the University Senate invite family, friends, and the public to honour the graduating class of the seventy-sixth convocation.

The entire University community extends congratulations to the graduates as they join the more than 30,000 University of Winnipeg alumni around the world.

The University of Winnipeg's Fall Convocation takes place on Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the University's Duckworth Centre (Spence at Ellice) and is open to the public. About 250 graduates will receive degrees in Theology, Science, Education, and Arts.

Olive Dickason, renowned journalist, scholar, and elder, will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Letters. Dickason is widely acknowledged as the key figure in making Aboriginal History serious study in Canada's academic world. Olive Dickason will provide the address to the graduands.

Larry Desrochers (Class of '84) will be named a distinguished alumnus of The University of Winnipeg for his outstanding work he has done helping to build and sustain Winnipeg's vibrant cultural community.

Other award winners include:

Glen Bergeron, Professor of Physical Activity and Sports Studies, will receive the Clarence Atchison Award for Community Service. The Clarence Atchison Award for Community Service was established by Investors Group in honour of their former President and Vice-Chair, Clarence E. Atchison. Together with an impressive record of business accomplishments, Dr. Atchison devoted many hours to community and social service in Winnipeg, serving on many boards and advisory councils. He was a long-time member of The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents, acting as Chair from 1968 to 1970. The award is given to a University faculty or staff member to recognize the contribution given of their time and expertise to service to the community.

Otrud Oellermann, Professor of Mathematics/Statistics, will be awarded the Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship. The Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship was established by Erica and Arnold Rogers, friends of The University of Winnipeg. Dr. Rogers was a medical doctor who, together with his wife Erica, valued the contribution by faculty members to research and scholarship. All members of the University faculty, many of whom have received national and international recognition for excellence in the research community, are eligible.

The University of Winnipeg will also celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Mennonite Studies Chair and honour Harry Loewen, the University's first Chair in Mennonite Studies (1978-1995).